Socials are informal gatherings for scholars to get more acquainted with each other and the Guardian Scholars staff.
The program offers its scholars both academic and life skill workshops. These workshops are intended to serve as learning experiences and provide students with useful skills. Some of the workshops offered in the past include: Preparing for Graduate School, Professional Branding, Imposter Syndrome, and First Gen Success. Some workshops are done in collaboration with the Career and Professional Advancement center, Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education Center (CARE), and other programs in the Bright Success Center (BSC).
Guardian Scholars receive one-on-one mentorship from the Program Coordinator and the Student Coordinators to ensure both personal and academic success. Peer 2 Peer refers to the Student Coordinator meetings that all of the scholars are required to have each semester. In these meetings, scholars get one-on-one mentorship and can discuss academics, career goals and aspirations, personal stories, and just life.
Each Spring, Guardian Scholars had the opportunity to explore a part of the U.S. with other scholars by visiting one of its natural, educational, historical, or cultural attractions. The trip has all expenses paid and gives scholars the opportunity to visit somewhere they may have never visited. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity as there are limited spots. Guardian Scholars that complete ALL of their requirements are given priority for the trip, so be sure to complete ALL of your requirements each semester! In the Spring of 2019, we were able to get a behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In the Spring of 2020, we had plans to take a riverboat cruise on the Sacramento River, explore Downtown Sacramento, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Crocker Art Museum, and finish off with an Escape Room. In the Spring of 2023 we went to Chicago, Illinous to attend a leadership convention and had so much fun exploring the city.
Guardian Scholars staff will work closely with key departments and officials to make sure that students' needs are met efficiently and with minimal difficulty. Some common departments that we work closely with include the Dean of Students, Financial Aid, and Housing. If we are unable to directly assist you, we will try to connect you with a particular contact at a UC Merced department/office.