The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness of and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Educator Development Initiative (GEAR UP EDI) is a program of within the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Pre-College programs. In 2011 we were awarded a federal grant, our third consecutive GEAR UP grant since 1999, from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). Our grant fosters college awareness and readiness for low-income middle and high school students by providing a variety of programs targeted to educators and students. GEAR UP EDI’s principal investigator is Enrique Morales, OMA&D Associate Vice President for Pre-College access, Policy and Planning; the program’s director is Roseann London.
GEAR UP EDI program provides year-round professional development and training for school leaders, counselors, teachers, administrators and other GEAR UP professionals to enhance their efforts in preparing low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and to build program sustainability beyond the life of the grant. GEAR UP also provides student leadership training for GEAR UP students through an intensive 4-day residential program on the University of Washington Seattle campus. This Student Leadership program brings together selected GEAR UP students from Washington State GEAR UP schools to build their capacity to take positive action in their schools and communities towards creating a college-going culture.