ASPIRE’s Origins

The ASPIRE program was originally created as an enrichment program targeting the needs of African/Black American students in support of achieving academic success. The acronym stood for African American Student Program for Improvement & Retention in Education. The program was developed in response to a call by the Vice President of Student Affairs to offer proactive programming to counter the adverse effects of the One Florida initiative. Former Counseling Center director, Dr. Jaquie Resnick, along with other clinical faculty, wrote a grant proposal to address how the Counseling Center might meet this need, and ASPIRE was the result.

Expanding Our Scope

During the 2005-2006 academic year, the ASPIRE program was expanded to address the needs of Latinx students and later the First Generation student population. Now, we expanded ASPIRE to address the needs of students from underrepresented groups with a strong focus on social justice. To date, the ASPIRE program provides outreach and seeks to build strong collaborative relationships across campus.