North American Business Leadership Field Trip

The goal of this initiative is to provide an out-of-state professional development experience for first-generation students within the Regents’ Ambassador Program (RAP). The target population for the program would be rising juniors and rising seniors who have demonstrated exceptional academic and extracurricular performance, prioritizing students who have not been selected for other programs. This trip offers valuable networking and business environment exposure for a student population with typically little exposure outside their home region.  Additionally, this program serves as an additional reward measure aimed at promoting exceptional academic performance within RAP’s continuing student population.

The primary objective would be exposure to career and networking opportunities outside of Texas, but secondary objectives would include but not be limited to: rewarding exceptional students to inspire academic excellence, exposure to first out-of-state experiences for certain students, and broadened perspectives of students whose experiences may be culturally limited.

Methods and Strategies: The initial proposal is for 12 students to be selected for the program with Denver as the destination for the first iteration of the program.  Denver’s growing business environment and stark contrast, both in culture and landscape, to the state of Texas make Denver an ideal first location for the program.  Future programs would target other leading business destinations such as Washington D.C., Seattle, WA, and etc.

Though future programs would include flights, the proposed method for the initial iteration would be via ground transport following the traditional “Route 66” through Albuquerque to the Grand Canyon for a primary stop and a meeting with the National Park Service.  The trip would then depart for the primary professional stop of Denver, where office visits will be made to targeted firms. As mentioned, location would be changed annually to accommodate unique site visits to sponsoring firms.

Significance: Regents’ and Dean’s Scholars within RAP come from backgrounds of significant financial need and limited resources resulting in limited exposure outside of Texas or even their home region. This trip would provide an exceptional high-impact learning opportunity for selected students and increase access to these important experiences for this student population.