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Manchester, New Hampshire
Serving Underrepresented High Schoolers

Saint Anselm College’s Access Academy is an outreach program serving underrepresented (e.g., refugee, immigrant, low-income, first-generation) high school students. The program began in 2005 as part of New Hampshire Humanities’ Fences and Neighbors program, an NEH-funded initiative to use the humanities to connect with new Americans. Saint Anselm humanities students and faculty began creating and teaching humanities-based courses to refugee and immigrant high school students from the local Manchester community, one of the most diverse areas in the state. With an additional grant from the NEH, Saint Anselm College expanded its longstanding partnership with the Manchester School District and increased courses offered, bolstering its capacity to meet the needs of diverse high school students.

“Anything that allows students to dig into powerful texts where they can use their voices, use their pens, and write their own stories, is so profound. … the courses that have the humanities at the core really result in some moving experiences”

–Terri Greene Henning, Education Specialist/Outreach Coordinator, Saint Anselm College

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