The second annual Transfer Student Leadership Summit, hosted by the Transfer-Year Experience (TYE) program in the School of Undergraduate Studies, brought together student leaders from transfer student support programs across Texas. Students convened to discuss common transfer experience themes, present on support initiatives, and build a peer network. Fifty students and staff from 10 Texas colleges and universities participated in the two-day event.
“In just its second year, the Transfer Summit has already had an important impact on participating colleges and universities,” said Jeff Mayo, TYE senior academic program coordinator. “After learning about transfer housing programs in year one, TYE has developed a Transfer Student Living Learning Community that will start this fall. I’m so grateful for these opportunities to connect with and learn from our peers across Texas.”
Student presentation topics included an admissions ambassador program at Texas Tech University, student leadership development at UT Austin, and extended orientation programming at Houston Baptist University.
“It was great coming together with transfer student leaders from all around Texas,” said Emily Dean, mentorship coordinator for UT Austin’s Texas Transfer Student organization. “We were able to bounce around ideas and collaborate on new methods on how to improve the transfer experience.”
The event also introduced students to a professional conference environment and networking activities. Joe Oliver, director of Baylor University’s transfer success program, noted that his students walked away with “a professional confidence that couldn’t come without the opportunity to present and network with their peers.”
Planning is already underway for next year’s Transfer Leadership Summit.