The purpose of the Passport Program is to institute a robust and scalable faculty mentoring system that supports students in identifying curricular interests and participating in high-impact co-curricular activities in order to promote student persistence and long-term professional well-being. The goals of the Passport Program are to:

  1. Integrate students into the vibrant creative, intellectual, and professional community linked to their curricular interests at WSU and beyond;
  2. Provide a formal mentoring program that scales from individual support to small-group and large-group support; and
  3. Direct and support students in their short-term and long-term professional goals by linking student definitions of purpose to co-curricular activities.

Program Overview for AY 2016-2017

Senior Seminar  (English 499, 1 credit,  Fall 2016)

In this seminar students will develop digital portfolios, application materials, networking tools, and interviewing skills that showcase professional character, experience, and potential; develop a professional ethos that is rooted in continuous growth, adaptation, and possibility, learning how to translate academic experience into marketable skills, while also focusing on long-term personal and professional goals; and develop interpersonal and public speaking skills that communicate confidence, competence, and collegiality, through various speaking and performance activities.

Workshop topics may include:

  • Resumes
  • Personal Statements
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Social Media Management
  • Gender and Work
  • Voice, Body, and Speech Training
  • Passion Speeches
  • Mock Interviews and Interview Tips

Spring Seminar (English 499, 1 credit, Spring 2017)

In this seminar, students will develop a personal “why” statement that draws on storytelling and experience to communicate personal strengths and values; participate in lectures, readings, and workshops sponsored by the  English department to develop personal and professional bonds in the community; create a plan for pursuing meaningful opportunities that extend learning experiences beyond the classroom; and learn about various program-related opportunities, including clubs, internships, certificates, undergraduate research, and inquiry-based projects. Over the course of the semester, students will be connected with possible faculty and graduate student mentors to help guide their journey through the program.

Workshop topics may include:

  • Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research
  • Drama & the Performing Arts
  • Creative Writing & the Environment
  • Literature, Law, & Public Service
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Travel Writing & Travel Narratives
  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Design Thinking & Professional Innovation
  • Careers & Internships
  • & more

Some of the requirements for this seminar may include: meetings with individual faculty members, attendance at campus lectures and events, participation in community service, regular writing in a journal, participation in a small learning community, and weekly attendance at the meetings on Mondays, 3:30-5pm in the Bundy Reading Room.

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