UNCW Students Staging a Sept. 12 Assembly at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Several student organizations from UNC Wilmington are staging an assembly and mini-involvement carnival for students at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sept. 12 at the school. The UNCW Gospel Choir plans to perform two songs, and representatives from the choir, the Black Student Union, the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE), Diversity Council, Caribbean Student Association (CSA), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship will participate in the assembly and mini-involvement carnival.

The Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano and the LGBTQIA Resource Office are co-sponsoring the student groups' community outreach project.

"The Black Student Union saw the need and heard about the school being re-opened as a preparatory academy and wanted to get involved with the school," said Isaiah Jackson, president of the Black Student Union. "We hope to aid the students' future success by focusing on developing the their career path to college and graduating."

In conjunction with their peer-mentoring group S.E.A.M (Seahawks Empowering African-American Males), the Black Student Union is also looking into setting up a mentoring program at DC Virgo for the students. D.C. Virgo Principal Eric Irizarry is a member of S.E.A.M. He holds bachelor and master's degrees from UNCW, and is enrolled in the doctoral program in educational leadership and administration offered by the Watson College of Education.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910.962.7631 or weaver@uncw.edu