WACUBO Service Project Raises $11,500 in STEM Kits and Athletic Equipment
The Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) raised $11,500 in STEM kits and athletic equipment for middle school students in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ahead of their participation in their annual conference. Led by Patricia Anderson, assistant director of the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships, the WACUBO 2022 Service Project was able to provide these supplies to the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy during the conference that took place from May 1 – 4, 2022.
The Academy is a middle school located in Colorado Springs that primarily consists of a student population from military families of the Peterson Airbase and surrounding area. Many of the students at the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy expressed interest in wanting more athletic equipment to use during their free time at school and on the playground. With the goal of expanding the student’s resources and access to educational STEM programming, WACUBO also raised money to provide STEM kits that would assist in preparing the students for STEM-based courses in high school, higher education, and beyond.
WACUBO works to provide community service and introduce students of low-income areas to opportunities within higher education. The organization often identifies issues within access to higher education, taking a direct approach through community action to provide solutions for underserved and underrepresented communities.