Looking Back: Our First College Day at The U

March 26, 2019

On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, Race Swami was treated to its first College Day at the U, headed by former Race Swami Board member and current University of Utah Director of Ethnic Studies, Dr. Ed Muñoz and his U of U Introduction to Ethnic Studies class.

More than 40 Swami swimmers and parents attended the educational workshop held at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building on the beautiful U of U campus. The day covered topics including Multicultural Jeopardy, Healthy Peer Relationships, and Continuing Education and College Prep (given in both English and Spanish). Though Dr. Muñoz composed much of the structure of what topics would be covered on the day, it was his students who designed and implemented the plan for the Swamis.

As it turned out, the Swami community enjoyed their day on campus. “I hope we do more things like this as a community,” said one parent. “I love when we do stuff away from the pool,” said 10-year old Junior Swami Lorena Thompson. “We just seem to grow closer as a team.”

Towards the end of the workshop, the Swamis were given a guided tour of the campus by Ed’s students, who took the kids to the Student Union Center, and showed them some of the new buildings going up around campus. The highlight was the new campus George S. Eccles Student Life Center that includes a sparkling 50-meter pool.“We need one of those!” Exclaimed 15-year old Maria Fregoso, “look at all that lane space!”

The Swami swimmers and parents were also treated to a tasty lunch donated by fellow Swami board member, Jorge Fierro, owner of Rico’s Market and Frida Bistro.