Blavin Scholars

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The Blavin Scholars Program offers a variety of presentations for those who want to know more about the Blavin Scholars Program or those who are seeking more information about the experience of Blavin Scholars at the University of Michigan. Our presentations are multi-modal including presentation-lecture, interactive activities, multi-media elements, and question-answer sessions with Blavin Program Staff or Blavin Scholars. We tailor presentations to our audiences and are able to provide presentations for U-M faculty and staff, community organizations or groups, prospective scholars, etc. Listed below are some examples of presentations we can offer. We are also happy to work with you to tailor a presentation to meet the specific needs of your group or organization. Our most common presentation is the Blavin Scholars Program Overview along with the Student Voice Panel if Blavin Scholars are available to attend as well.

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Blavin Scholars Program Overview (20-60 min): Learn more about the Blavin Scholars Program and the resources available at the University of Michigan to support students who have experienced foster care.

  • Be able to describe some of the barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
  • Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Be able to connect prospective students with the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Be able to articulate opportunities for future partnership with the Blavin Scholars Program

Student Voice Panel (20-40 min): Learn more about the experience of Blavin Scholars at U-M.

  • Be able to articulate specific barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
  • Be able to describe how Blavin Scholars have utilized the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Have an understanding of the student experience at U-M

Blavin Campus Tour: Prospective Blavin Scholars have the opportunity to visit campus and receive a tour through Undergraduate Admissions, learn about the Blavin Scholars Program from Blavin Program Staff, and hear directly from current Blavin Scholars about their experience in the program and at U-M.

  • Experience U-M Ann Arbor Campus first-hand
  • Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources avaialble through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Have an understanding of the student experience at U-M

Supportive Adult Training (2-3 hours): Across the U-M and local community, students who have experienced time in foster care benefit from interacting with supportive adults who have an understanding of the foster care experience, the Blavin Scholars Program, and behaviors and actions that can create an inclusive environment for this student population.  

  • Have an understanding of the foster care experience and that every youth's experience is unique and personal
  • Be able to describe some of the barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
  • Be able to explain family privilege and identify ways that the university environment and society maintain a systematic assumption that individuals have some level of family support
  • Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Be able to articulate why supportive adults are important in the lives of students who have experienced foster care
  • Demonstrate the behaviors of a supportive adult

Blavin Liaison Training (2 hours): U-M faculty and staff who complete this training are eligible to serve as a Blavin Liaison

  • Have an understanding of the foster care experience and that every youth's experience is unique and personal
  • Be able to describe some of the barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
  • Be able to explain family privilege and identify ways that the university environment and society maintain a systematic assumption that individuals have some level of family support
  • Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Be able to articulate why supportive adults are important in the lives of students who have experienced foster care
  • Demonstrate the behaviors of a supportive adult
  • Know the expectations for serving as a Blavin Liaison

Blavin Mentor Training (3-5 hours): U-M faculty and staff who complete this training are eligible to serve as a Blavin Mentor.

  • Have an understanding of the foster care experience and that every youth's experience is unique and personal
  • Be able to describe some of the barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
  • Be able to explain family privilege and identify ways that the university environment and society maintain a systematic assumption that individuals have some level of family support
  • Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
  • Be able to articulate why supportive adults are important in the lives of students who have experienced foster care
  • Demonstrate the behaviors of a supportive adult
  • Know the expectations of the Blavin Mentor Program and the role of a Blavin Mentor