As a teen growing up in Harlem, NY, the opportunity to attend college changed the trajectory of my life. As an EOP student I had access to educational and financial resources supporting my academic success and increasing my chances of graduating college. I was exposed to a community of care including academic advisors, peer leaders, and faculty who saw promise in my ability to succeed. Being an EOP student taught me the importance of accountability, responsibility, and employability; ultimately guiding me on a path to become the EOP Director at SUNY Old Westbury, advocating for students who show promise for excellence.
To date, 49 SUNY campuses serve over 10, 000 EOP students and the program boasts over 75,000 alumni. The Educational Opportunity Program has long-lasting benefits for many New York high school students attending SUNY Old Westbury. Students participating in EOP benefit from support services including a pre-freshman summer program experience, academic and career advisement, financial assistance, individual and group tutoring, personal counseling, peer mentoring and a shared sense of community. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the sustainability and success of an already challenged program, by limiting access and availability of educational resources. Donations from each of you in my network will help continue providing quality programs and services to students who show promise for succeeding at the SUNY College of Old Westbury.