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University Neighborhood Partners at the U just celebrated its 15th year of Partners in the Park.

By Alumni Association, University of Utah

University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) at the University of Utah just celebrated its 15th year of Partners in the Park. UNP works to increase community engagement with the U with the long-term goal of increasing access to higher education for west side residents. Programs such as Partners in the Park connect potential students with the U and other institutions of higher education, raising their awareness of and access to the lifelong value of higher education. Partners in the Park also provides west side residents with access to local resources and organizations.

The Summer 2018 Partners in the Park kickoff event was held on June 19 at Jordan Park, where the Alumni Association granted five scholarships to well-deserving west-side Salt Lake City residents who will be attending the University of Utah in the fall. U President Ruth V. Watkins attended the event and introduced the new executive director of Alumni Relations, Todd Andrews, who then presented the awards to each of this year’s scholars.

Partners in the Park is a multi-week summer program designed to bring university faculty, staff, students, community partner organizations and west-side residents together in local neighborhood parks.

The remaining 2018 Partners in the Park program schedule is:

  • July 17, Riverside Park, 739 N. 1400 West, 6-8 p.m.
  • July 31, Constitution Park, 300 N. 1300 West, 6-8 p.m.

2018 Alumni Association UNP Scholarship recipients:

Daniela Gonzalez
Daniela Gonzalez came to the United States from Mexico, where US Marines now control her former town due to drug lords and gang violence. Daniela is committed to her studies and making her family’s journey to the U.S. worth the pain of leaving a home and family behind. Accepted to the University of Utah to study computer science this fall, Daniela is passionate about wanting to help others in the Hispanic community expand their knowledge of technology. She writes, “My work with Una Mano Amiga has educated me on the statistics of computer and digital literacy for first-generation immigrants, and one of my goals is to facilitate workshops that teach any person how to effectively use a computer.” 
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