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The Medgar Evers College SEEK Program supports the mission of the College by providing access to a high-quality post-secondary education to students from academically and financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the provision of individual and group counseling, comprehensive academic support services and financial aid counseling and support, the SEEK program assists students to overcome social, academic, and economic barriers to pursuing their education and realizing their potential. In addition, the program helps students to develop strategies to enable them to explore academic, career and interpersonal issues related to their educational goals. The SEEK Program collaborates with other College departments and provides referrals when necessary to help students meet their educational goals.
The objective of the SEEK Program is to provide student services in the areas of academic support, group and individual counseling and financial aid assistance in an effort to assist students who require and can utilize such services in overcoming educational, economic and social disadvantages to achieve a high quality education.
SEEK goals include the following:
- Academic Support: To provide effective academic support service that is an integral part of the educational process and includes collaboration with SEEK counselors, the instructional staff at Medgar Evers College, and SEEK tutors to satisfy the increased diverse academic needs of SEEK students. Through this program, students will be empowered to become independent learners and thinkers and will be able to function at their optimal level.
- Counseling: To facilitate the SEEK student’s personal, professional and intellectual growth and development by providing individual academic advisement and group counseling courses under the Modular Counseling Curriculum (MCC), in which SEEK students attend structured courses and receive guidance and support as they adapt to and negotiate the academic system. These courses are designed to explore and seek solutions to academic and interpersonal impediments to success in college and careers.
- Financial Aid: To provide the necessary financial support, to the extent possible, to enable economically disadvantaged students to attend college. This support includes additional semesters of financial aid, a SEEK book stipend, and paid student activity fees.
Sherrill-Ann Mason Biography
Sherrill-Ann Mason was appointed Director of the Percy. E. Sutton Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program at Medgar Evers College in 2016. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Academic Support Coordinator for 9 years. She has also worked as an adjunct lecturer and advisor for the Freshman Year Program and the SEEK Program. She was recognized in 2009 as the college’s Higher Education Officer of the Year. As part of her duties at the college, Ms. Mason has overseen the provision of tutorial services, supplemental instruction, student development and leadership activities and was instrumental in developing the program’s Professional and Learning Skills workshop series and a Peer Mentorship Program, called “Mission Possible”, on which she has presented at conferences across the Tri-state area. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter on peer mentoring.
Ms. Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Sociology and Radio Broadcasting from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program, and a Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Urban Affairs, from Hunter College with a concentration in Community Development and Social Policy. In 2008 – 2010, she was awarded a Thurgood Marshall Pathways Fellowship and earned a post-graduate certificate (2010) in Strengths-based Education from Gallup University’s, Clifton Strengths School.
Sherrill-Ann Mason is also a community organizer in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines diaspora in New York. Prior to migrating to the United States in 1999, she worked in communications and was heavily involved in community development and youth work. She attended the 1998 United Nations World Youth Forum in Portugal and was later awarded an internship with the United Nations Youth Program in New York in 2000. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board of the Traditional Educational Daycare Centers and as a member of the Education and Youth Committee of Community Board 9. She is also the Public Relations Officer and Coordinator of the Leadership Development Workshop Series for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York.