Students and staff from 11 colleges around the state convened to participate in the first-of-its-kind Transfer Student Leadership Summit from March 31 to April 1. The Transfer-Year Experience (TYE) program in the School of Undergraduate Studies brought 60 attendees together to share their transfer experiences, identify common themes, share their own initiatives, and build a network.
“Transfer students have played such a critical role in creating support services now available to their transfer peers at UT Austin so we wanted to create an event that would encourage future transfer students to lead the way,” said Jeff Mayo, TYE senior program coordinator. “We saw that many of the challenges facing transfers are common across the state, which means best practices can be shared among campuses, too,” said Mayo.
Participants presented 12 sessions on topics ranging from orientation and housing to student organizations and group dynamics. The summit provided staff from each institution the chance to connect with colleagues focused on transfer issues.
Nyrie Kasparian, president of UT’s Texas Transfer Student organization, appreciated the opportunity to inform and lean from her peers. “As a presenter, I felt like I was sharing a personal story, one that could have an impact on other campuses by showing that it is possible to take your own experience and make something better for the next cohort of students. As a participant, I was exposed to so many great ideas that work at other universities. I’m motivated to try these new ideas at UT Austin.”