On August 27, the Transfer Transition Program opened their UW-Madison Transfer Engagement Center in 110 Middleton S. Building.
The Transfer Transition Program, a part of the Center for the First- Year Experience, within the Division of Student Life, is led by Tracy Mores, Shelby Knuth and a team of students, who are here to make transfer students’ experience at UW-Madison as smooth as possible. It provides support that transfer students could need including national, regional, and local transfer advocacy, pre-transfer advising, and transfer specific programs.
Along with professional staff, the Transfer Transition Program includes Transfer Ambassadors. These are experienced transfer students who help provide personal and academic assistance. They are a great resource as they have experienced this situation first hand.
According to Knuth, opening a center has been a dream of the program’s since it was created in 2012. With the new center, Knuth hopes to be able to focus on sustaining community building programs and holding space for transfers coming from an array of backgrounds.
“We are trying to keep our programing pretty regular because students transition better when they create routines.” said Knuth.
Not only is the TEC a symbol to show how the university cares for transfer students, but it also allows these students to create a community in an organic way. Additionally, it will help transfer students to feel validated in their transitions to the university and should help accommodate for the uniquely diverse population of transfers.
In fall 2017, newly enrolled transfer students were 27% first-generation college students, 21% were Pell Grant recipients, 22% were international transfer students, 8% were returning adults (25+ in age), and 3% were veterans.
“It’s easier for friendships to form and that was a piece that was always missing from our programming that was directly related to space,” said Knuth.
Communication coordinator for the Center for First-Year Engagement, Katie Cummings, said that the TEC will provide a neutral entry space for all cross-campus partnerships such as the Office of Financial Aid, Veterans Services and the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC). Additionally, the TEC will be a UW Food Shed location and a Badger Food Assistance Resources of Emergencies (FARE) distributor.
To break in the TEC, this summer during transfer SOAR sessions, the Transfer Transition Program held a transfer student social in the space. New transfer students were able to be creative and connect with one another over crafts and conversation, in addition to becoming familiar with the space in preparation for their time on campus.
“We wanted to do something that helped them feel like they could start building relationships with one another, so they felt like they already knew someone when they got to campus and just felt welcomed. This also showed them where we are on campus which I hope means that people feel comfortable coming back,” said Knuth.
The Transfer Engagement Center is open for all students. Stop by and say hello!
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