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Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: 2009
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PO Box 115500 / 219 Grinter Hall
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Department: Library West College: Smathers Libraries Current UPN#: (DSR Completes)

Project Title: University of Florida Opportunity for Research Assistance Students luFLORASI _ I
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Funding Agency: Excelencia in Education/Walmart Semillas Program
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Multiple Principal Investigator Projects: For those projects designated as a Multiple PI Project the listed Pis share the responsibility for directing and managing the project in accordance
with Umiversity and Sponsor policies and procedures. The Contact PI will be responsible for relaying communications between all ofthe PIs, University Officials and the Sponsor
Principal Investigator Endorsement: t signing below you agree to perform the work and manage the project in accordance with University and Sponsor policies and procedures.
Investigators) Assurance Statement as Required by Federal Regulation: Investigator (s), by signing this DSR-1 form, further certify that (1) the information submitted within the
application is true, complete and accurate to the best of their knowledge, (2) that any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or claims may subject the Investigator(s) to criminal, civil,
or administrative penalties and (3) that the Principal Investigalor(s) agree to accept responsibility for the scientific conduct of the I.r..i. :, ii. i.-a ... ;J i, r4u,.. r p ,r.. r c.. reports and
the final report ifa grant is awarded as a result of the application.
University Endorsement: This project has been reviewed by the officials whose signatures appear below as they relate to their areas and are satisfied that all faculty involved in the
project have agreed to participate and that all obligations and commitments described herein are acceptable.
Indirect Cost Distributions: Upon receipt of DSR's Notice of Award, Principal Investigator(s) are instructed to use the Otfice of Research web-based F&A Manager to declare how the
indirect costs collected under the award shall be distributed. The return of indirect costs generally occurs in the Fall ofeach year and is based upon the indirect costs collected from grants
and contracts during the preceding fiscal year (July I June 30)


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UF UNIVERSITY of

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George A. Smathers Libraries
Office of the Dean of University Libraries


535 Library West
PO Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 3261 -71', ,I
352-273-2505
352-392-7251 Fax
www.uflib.ufl.edu


April 23, 1-'I10

Mr. Brian Prindle
Associate Director of Research
University of Florida
PO Box 115500
213 Grinter Hall
G(.ine,\ ille, FL 32611

Dear Mr. Prindle,

The George A. Smaithcls Libraries voluntary cost share for the Excelencia in Education/Walmart
Semillas Program application, titled University of Florida Opportunities for Research Assistance
Students, is $36,727. Thc grant period is Alugust 1, 2009 through Auioli 30, 2010. Cost share
will be allocated to staff time for managing the program design and implemcntlatii n, and
,uIpcr'. iMing, student employees. I agree to the cost share as outlined in the attached buLidgcl





u.1 Lth C. Russell
-ean of University Libraries


The FounJdationO fr The Gator Nation
An .JLuid Lpportunity I ~ntitutin







UF UNIVERSITY of

UF FLORIDA

George A. Smathers Libraries 535 Library West
Ofii: e of the Dean of University 1 ibraric- PO Box 117] i(K
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000
1 2-273-2505
352-392-7251 Fax
www.uflib.ufl.edu
April 28, 2009

Ms. Lourdes R. Guerrero
Communication & Programs Manager
Excelencia in Education
1752 N StNW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Ms. Guerrero,

The staff at the University of Florida appreciates this opportunity to submit a SEMILLAS Program
proposal in the category of Integrating Services. The attached proposal requests $50,000 to support the
University of Florida Opportunities for Research Assistance Students (uFLORAS) program. The
uFLORAS peer-to-peer program will train 10 Hispanic students to provide academic outreach to other
Hispanic students by working with four campus programs that target first generation, Hispanic, minority,
and disadvantaged students. uFLORAS proposes to serve 2,490 students; 500 of whom are expected to
be of Hispanic heritage.

uFLORAS' guiding principal can be summarized in this statement:
"Nobody ever graduated from a library-but nobody ever graduated without one!"
Anonymous

The University of Florida (UF) is the oldest university in Florida and one of the five largest by student
body in the nation. Last year, UF's George A. Smathers Libraries served over two million visitors in its
nine campus libraries and thousands more through its online digital collections. The Libraries house more
than four million volumes and curate 15 specialized collections, including the Latin America Collection,
one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.

The Libraries have a longstanding tradition of partnering with campus student support groups to ensure
student understanding of the Libraries' assets and roles in achieving academic success. Year-round
outreach sessions assist student members of the African Student Association; Asian Student Organization;
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Student Association; Hispanic Student Association, and many
minority opportunity programs managed by the Dean of Students Office.

The Libraries programming history demonstrates its commitment to sustaining uFLORAS. Support of
uFLORAS by Excelencia in Education and Walmart will expand successful campus programs to focus on
the academic needs of Hispanic students in the 2009/10 academic school year.

It would be my pleasure to provide any additional information at your request.

Respectfu I ly,


Sudith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
An l'qu"al ('i!', rip Insttution







UNIVERSITY of

UF FLORIDA

George A. Smothers Libraries 535 I ibr.iry West
Office of the Dean of University Libraries PO Box 11 ~i~kl
Gainesville, FL 32"n 1-7000
352-273-2501
352-392-7251 Fax
www.uflib.ufl.edu
April 28, 2009

Ms. Lourdes R. Guerrero
Communication & Programs Manager
Excelencia in Education
1752 N StNW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Ms. Guerrero,

The staff at the University of Florida appreciates this opportunity to submit a SEMILLAS Program
proposal in the category of Integrating Services. The attached proposal requests $50,000 to support the
University of Florida Opportunities for Research Assistance Students (uFLORAS) program. The
uFLORAS peer-to-peer program will train 10 Hispanic students to provide academic outreach to other
Hispanic students by working with four campus programs that target first generation, Hispanic, minority,
and disadvantaged students. uFLORAS proposes to serve 2,490 students; 500 of whom are expected to
be of Hispanic heritage.

uFLORAS' guiding principal can be summarized in this statement:
"Nobody ever graduated from a library-but nobody ever graduated without one!"
Anonymous

The University of Florida (UF) is the oldest university in Florida and one of the five largest by student
body in the nation. Last year, UF's George A. Smathers Libraries served over two million visitors in its
nine campus libraries and thousands more through its online digital collections. The Libraries house more
than four million volumes and curate 15 specialized collections, including the Latin America Collection,
one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.

The Libraries have a longstanding tradition of partnering with campus student support groups to ensure
student understanding of the Libraries' assets and roles in achieving academic success. Year-round
outreach sessions assist student members of the African Student Association; Asian Student Organization;
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Student Association; Hispanic Student Association, and many
minority opportunity programs managed by the Dean of Students Office.

The Libraries programming history demonstrates its commitment to sustaining uFLORAS. Support of
uFLORAS by Excelencia in Education and Walmart will expand successful campus programs to focus on
the academic needs of Hispanic students in the 2009/10 academic school year.

It would be my pleasure to provide any additional information at your request.

Respectfu Ily,


4/ dith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries
The Foundaiion for The Gator Nation
An Equal Opportunity Instu tiuon









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Part I. Institutional profile of current enrollment

With more than 50,000 students, the University of Florida (UF) was ranked 2nd largest University in the
nation in 2007.1 Among its peer group of American Academic Universities, UF also ranks 2nd in the
number of undergraduate degrees awarded to students of Hispanic decent. Furthermore, the UF
remains in the top 10 for number of masters, doctoral, and professional degrees awarded to Hispanic
students.2

Fall 2008 Enrollment All Students Hispanic Students
52,335 6,309
Source: Total Enrollment: University of Florida Drop/Add (as of 8/29/2008) Enrollment By College and Level Fall Terms.
http://www.ir.ufl.edu/fall.htm

Retention 2006 -07 to All Students Hispanic Students
2007-08 academic years
1 year retention rate 89.56% 93.23%
4 year retention rate 82.15% 85.01%
Note: Retention rates by ethnicity for 2006-07 to 2007-08 are currently unavailable at University of Florida. The most recent years available
are from the 2004-05 school year.
Source: Retention and Graduation Rates forAll First Time in College (FTIC) and Community College AA Transfer Students (1988-2007)
http://www.ir.ufl.edu/factbook/degree.htm & UF Graduation/Retention for Hispanic First-Time-In-College Students Entering 1992-2005
http://www.ir.ufl.edu/minority/gradret.htm

Graduation Rates All Students Hispanic Students
Degrees awarded in 2007-08: 8,737 1,074
4 year graduation rate 77.27% 53.16%
6 year graduation rate 83.40% 76.65%
Note: Graduation rates by ethnicity for 2006-07 to 2007-08 are currently unavailable at the University of Florida, however data on the
number of degrees awarded to Hispanic students is available. The most recent data on 4 year graduation rates by ethnicity is from 2002-05
and the most recent data on 6 year graduation rates is from 2000-05.
Source: Degrees Awarded by Type and Ethnicity, http://www.ir.ufl.edu/factbook/de.ree.htm Retention and Graduation Rates for All First
Time in College (FTIC) and Community College AA Transfer Students (1988-2007) http://www.ir.ufl.edu/factbook/de.ree.htm & UF
Graduation/Retention for Hispanic First-Time-In-College Students Entering 1992-2005 http://www.ir.ufl.edu/minoritv/aradret.htm


As the largest public academic library in the state, UF's George A. Smathers Libraries served over
two million visitors in its nine libraries across campus and thousands more through its online Digital
Collections last year. Through its instructional outreach programs, 15,615 students learned about the
UF Libraries' information resources during the 2007-2008 academic year. The students, staff, and
faculty at our service desks assisted with 177,467 questions and checked out 113,374 books in 2007-
2008.










1 UF National Rankings by enrollment. http://www.ir.ufl.edu/natrankings/students.htm
2 UF National Rankings by degrees awarded to Hispanics http://www.ir.ufl.edu/nat_rankings/students.htm
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Part II. Budget and narrative that includes in kind/matching fund support.

Cost Category Expenditure from In-kind or Brief Budget Line
this Grant Matching Narrative
Expenditure
Personnel $27,686 10 Student Hispanic Peer
Leaders: ($7.21/hr X 12
hrs/week X 16 weeks/
semester X 2 semesters X
10 students)

$21,314 $12,999 uFLORAS Project Leader

$18,405 Library student leader
supervisors

$5,323 uFLORAS Project Co-
Leader

Equipment N/A N/A

Materials & Supplies $1,000 Marketing: 3,000 handouts,
12 posters, 500 information
postcards

Other N/A N/A



Total Direct Cost $50,000 $36,727



Total Project Cost $86,727


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Part III. Proposal narrative based on practice: B. Integrating Services

UF's proposed program, University of Florida Libraries' Opportunity for Research Assistance Students
(uFLORAS), will expand current services for undergraduate Hispanic students participating in UF's
Florida Opportunity Scholars program (FOS), First-Year Florida courses (FYF), University Minority
Mentoring Program (UMMP), and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Culture's (IHLC) Peer-to-Peer
mentoring program (P2P). Approximately 2,500 students are served through these programs each
year.

uFLORAS will serve to support the retention and academic success of Hispanic students by:

1) facilitating greater access to and knowledge of library resources for improving academic
performance.

2) building library research and information literacy skills that are essential for academic success
at the college level

3) increasing peer-to-peer mentoring by and for Hispanic students with 10 trained Hispanic Peer
Leaders (HPL).

The ongoing efforts of the existing campus programs focused on disadvantaged, minority, and
Hispanic students have proven remarkably successful; however, no formal approach to teaching
research skills has been implemented. The purpose of this project is to leverage existing campus
strategies and to integrate the research skills that predicate academic success. This project is
designed to establish a sustainable framework for transferring research skills among peers. Evidence
supports early intervention as an effective means of allaying "library anxiety" for improving academic
confidence. For minority students, the role of peer-to-peer relationships has proven to be critical in a
student's adjustment to large, impersonal academic environments. The goal of this project is to
combine these two factors: early intervention and peer-to-peer support to promote retention and
degree completion.

uFLORAS' two products will be: 1) an Hispanic Peer Leadership (HPL) Training Program, and 2) an
established framework for ongoing peer-to-peer academic support.

IIIA. Objectives (use quantifiable goals to the extent possible)

I. Introduce 10 student Hispanic Peer Leaders (HPLs) to UF's nine campus libraries

II. Train the HPLs to find library resources through a multitude of access points, including the online
catalog, databases, and electronic collections. The HPLs will use their new found knowledge to teach
research skills to their undergraduate peers in FOS, FYF, UMMP, and P2P programs.

IIl. Deliver 117 peer sessions during the school year to 2,490 peers. This communication serves to
introduce the Libraries in a comfortable, unintimidating setting; thereby, proving the Libraries to be
helpful, welcoming places full of invaluable resources to help students succeed at UF. As a result,
Peers will then be armed with indispensable library knowledge in preparation for meeting course and
assignment requirements.




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IV. Build and utilize online information and library guides (LibGuides) that are tailored to peers' unique
needs. HPLs and peers will write and maintain a blog as a forum for discussion, and sharing ideas
and experiences in the library and with research.

IIIB. Proposed activities and timeline

The uFLORAS program consists of two key activities: developing Hispanic peer leaders and providing
peer-to-peer academic support by teaching college level research skills. Another essential activity is
evaluating the program's effectiveness in terms of numbers of students served and in terms of impact
on participating students' research skills, comfort level with the academic library, and willingness to
continue working with peer leaders.

1. Developing Hispanic Peer Leaders
The students selected to be employed as Hispanic Peer Leaders (HPLs) will serve as bridges
between the libraries and other campus peer-to-peer student groups. Their role will be to teach
undergraduate level library research skills in both formal and informal course sessions. All the HPLs
will develop:
o Leadership skills: HPLs will be adept in discussion facilitation, knowledgeable about teaching
methods and learning styles, and proficient at public speaking and presentations.
o Critical thinking skills: HPLs will learn how to evaluate information with reason and without bias,
ask questions, brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and learn from their experiences.
o Library and research skills: HPLs will be trained to search for, use, and manipulate information
resources. They will demonstrate an understanding of the library and the resources available at
the libraries and through the libraries' subscriptions to online services such as article databases.

2. Peer-to-Peer Academic Support
The most essential part of the uFLORAS program will be the delivery of library research skills taught
by HPLs to Hispanic students as they begin their academic pursuits. This instruction will be delivered
peer-to-peer using four methods:
o Formal Class Sessions: HPLs will lead library research skill sessions for First Year Florida
(FYF) classes. As a result, FYF students will have basic library research skills, will feel more
comfortable using library resources, and will be willing to return to the library throughout their
academic career.
o Program Orientation Sessions: HPLs will lead orientation sessions for students involved in
the Dean of Student's Office programs. These sessions will teach ways to solve real-life
information problems, academic research and organization skills, and include pre/post-session
assessments while showing that the library is a friendly, helpful environment.
o Informal "Library Lab" Sessions: HPLs will host informal sessions during which the library
classroom computer labs will be open to all students. During these sessions, the HPLs will lead
discussions and assist peers with research or library questions in a welcoming environment.
o Daily Service Activities: During their shifts on library service desks, HPLs will be visible to their
peers and will be available to assist with library research. This provides a method for practicing
and learning new research skills.

3. uFLORAS Assessment
The uFLORAS program will be assessed through a series of five surveys.
o Hispanic Peer Leader Pre-Training Survey: Assessment upon hire to establish baseline
library skills. From the results of these surveys we will develop training rubrics to establish
incremental training goals for the HPLs.


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o Hispanic Peer Leader Post-Training Survey: Annual assessment of HPLs to determine their
proficiency with leadership skills, critical thinking skills and library research skills.
o Pre Library Session Survey: Pre-session survey for the peers to establish baseline library
skills, comfort level, and student demographics
o Post Library Session Survey: Post-test for the peers to establish increase in library research
skills, increased comfort level, and willingness to return to the library
o Annual Program Survey: Survey of all students in FYF, FOS, UMMP, and P2P to determine
comfort level among the group with library research skills and lasting impacts of the peer-to-
peer sessions on their academic success.
These surveys will measure:
o The number of students served (both in classes and online)
o The percentage of Hispanic students served
o The average increase in library skills levels among students who attended library sessions
o The average increase in comfort level among students who attended library sessions.
o The willingness of students to return to the campus libraries
o The progress and skills developed by the HPLs
o The overall effectiveness of the program in reaching the target student population.
o Participating students' perception of program's impact on their academic success.

Timeline:
Time period Activities
August 2009 -Coordinate with First Year Florida (FYF), Florida Opportunity Scholars (FOS), University
Minority Mentoring Program (UMMP), and Peer to Peer program (P2P) to recruit Hispanic Peer
Leaders (HPLs) for uFLORAS
-Conduct baseline library knowledge test of HPLs.
-Apply for IRB approval for pre- & post-session assessment surveys and overall program survey
Sept 2009 -Attend SEMILLAS Program Grantee Workshop
Sept 2009 -Conduct HPL Training: Develop peer leadership and teaching skills, critical thinking and
May 2010 information evaluation skills, and library research skills
Oct Dec -Teach Research Skills Sessions including 60 FYF sessions for 1,200 students
2009
2009 -Evaluate each session using pre- and post-session surveys
Dec 2009- -Develop Web 2.0 online outreach, social support network for uFLORAS program
Jan 2010
Feb 2010 -Attend online conference of SEMILLAS Program participating institutions
-Submit uFLORAS interim progress report
Jan May -Teach Research Skills Sessions including:7 First-Year Florida classes for 140 students
2010
-Teach 50 sessions for FOS, UMMP, and P2P (estimated 850 students)
-Evaluate each session using pre- and post-session surveys
April 2010 -Perform post-program library knowledge test of HPLs.
-Perform program-wide survey to establish impact of uFLORAS on the students who
participated.
June July -Complete SEMILLAS/uFLORAS program assessment
2010
2010-Submit uFLORAS summary of activities and schedule assessment phone conference
July Aug -Coordinate with FOS, FYF, UMMP, and P2P to hire our next cycle of uFLORAS students
2010
Sept Oct -Complete uFLORAS campus assessment and schedule phone conference with president
2010
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IIIC EVALUATION PLAN


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Inputs I Activities Outputs Outcomes Evaluation Methods


UF Ubraries & Sta f

uFLORAS
coordhratrs
Melisse Shoop and
Margeaux Johnson

Student supervisors
Vaneesa Jewett
Chris McHale
program
Michael Dielz

Public Information &
Marketing Officer
Barbara Hood

9 Library facites and
millions of print and
online resources

Partner programs:

Fist-Year Florida
(FYF)

Florki Opportunity
Scholrs (FOS)

The Instute of
Hispanic and Lathe
Culturs (IHLC) Peer-
to-Pear (P2P)
mantoring program

University Minorty
Mentoring Program
(UMMP)


Recruit and train
student Hispanic
Peer Leaders (HPL)

Design and distribute
mnrkeung poster
handouts and
postcards

Teach FYF class
sessions Inllbrary

Hold FOS, UMMP
and P2P sessions h-
ibrary

Provide peer-t-peer
academic support


10 student HPLs
brained in Library
services and
resources


Student HPLs teach
library research and
information
evaluation sile

850 FO/P2P
students taught In 50
peer-to-peer esslons
held for groups

300 UMMP students
taught in-person and
online

1,340 students taught
in 67 FYF sections

Infommi peer
leadership
opporbities TBD

12 posters delivered
It program ofiaes

3,000 peer session
handouts and 500
Informallon postcards
pdnted and
distributed


Student HPLs own and
shae library
knowledge

Student HPLs are fuly
comfortable In the
library setting

UF student body sees
Hispeni students as
Ibrary leaders

80% of students gain
Ibrary knowledge and
skills

80% of students
experience a reduction
h 'lbary amdety"

80% of students willing
to return to the library

80% of students willing
to work wih a pera

Lbrades and library
resourcesam used
more, understood
better, and are no
longer an Intlmidetng
mystery (library
anxiety is reduced)

25% of students
contact peer leaders
for help


Student HPLs:


Pre-pogram baseline
measures of
information iteracy
skill

Post-program brary
knowledge tests

By Wa3MaI HPLs
have acquired Ibrary
resource knowledge

By 10/15/09 HPLs
understand and can
perform high-level
research

By 12/10/09 HPLs
have peer-taught
1,500 students

By May 2010 HPLs
have peer-faught
3,000 student

Cbhelgroup
mwnbmls:

Pre eealon and pot-
ssesion survey to
determine library
sldls knowledge

Annual post-program
survey to students In
FOS, FYF. UMMP
and P2P

Mdmirkng:

Quantitalive success
measured by number
of session attendees

Qualative suuess
measured by a pre-
seselon surve


Software: Create web-based LibGuide designed 1.000 students use Success measured
research support wlh resources onle guide and biog by # of vilss and
UbGulde: onlne sites using UbGulde specllc to needs of posts recorded on the
library and information solware FOSf FYF UMMPI LbGuide and biog.
guide P2P students
Establish ongoing By May 2010, 1,000
BloB onlie means of blog to give reach Blog utilmd as online visits recorded on
communicaflng support faum guide and blog


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Part IV. Describe the infrastructure and staff necessary to implement the project.

Melissa Shoop (Co-PI) Instruction & Outreach Coordinator, Humanities & Social Sciences Library
West (23.5%): Coordinates outreach efforts of UF Libraries across campus. Specializes in teaching
library skills to undergraduates.
uFLORAS role: Program coordinator. Oversees HPL library education. Assigns daily tasks.
Helps organize peer-to-peer sessions with various partner groups. Organizes surveys and
maintains program statistics.

Margeaux Johnson (Co-PI) Science & Technology Librarian, Marston Science Library (10%):
Coordinates instruction efforts for science and engineering programs on campus. Specializes in use
of new technology to access and deliver information to library users.
uFLORAS role: Program coordinator. Oversees HPL library education. Assigns daily tasks.
Helps organize peer-to-peer sessions with various partner groups. Organizes surveys and
maintains program statistics.

Vanessa Jewett Marston Science Library Student Supervisor (15%)
uFLORAS role: Supervises HPLs during library public service desk shifts at Marston Science
Library.

Christopher McHale Library West Circulation Student Supervisor (15%)
uFLORAS role: Supervises HPLs during library public service desk shifts at Library West.

Michael Dietz Library West Research Services Student Supervisor (10%)
uFLORAS role: Supervises HPLs during library public service desk shifts at Library West.

Barbara Hood UF Libraries' Public Information & Marketing Officer
uFLORAS role: Designs and orders marketing posters, handouts and informational postcards.
Promote uFLORAS program across campus in various newsletters, websites and bulletins.

Brian Keith UF Libraries' Financial and Human Resources Officer
uFLORAS role: Manages uFLORAS program budget and human resources.

UF Libraries
uFLORAS role: Provide resources, meeting places, classrooms and public service
opportunities. uFLORAS program home.

Leslie Hahn Assistant Director, New Student Programs
uFLORAS role: Dean of Students Office Liaison to uFLORAS program. Coordinates and
oversees FOS and FYF programs. Provides contact information for FOS and FYF
participants. Provides support to uFLORAS.

Katherine Alva Coordinator, Institute of Hispanic-Latino Culture's P2P Program
uFLORAS role: Provides contact information of P2P participants.

Tamara Cohen Coordinator, UMMP
uFLORAS role: Provides contact information to UMMP participants.



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Excelencial .... GRO ING
IN EDUCATION. Iitubati WfHAT WORKS
WFalmart Grants
Part V. Describe prior institutional effectiveness in serving Latino students in the
context of serving all students. Describe the institutional commitment to sustain the
proposed project.

The University of Florida has had remarkable success in retaining Hispanic students. This is
evidenced by an astounding 93% one-year retention rate, which is much higher than the retention rate
for the general student population. Compared to other schools in the Association of American
Universities, University of Florida ranks 2nd in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanic
students.3

The success of University of Florida in serving Hispanic students can be attributed in part to the
extensive peer mentoring programs available on campus. For such a large University, there is an
outstanding effort to build smaller communities by offering peer-to-peer support programs. Currently
successful programs target freshmen, students who are the first in their families to attend college, and
specific minority groups. The following are examples of these programs on our campus:

First-Year Florida (FYF) (1,300 students enrolled yearly): FYF is a one-credit class for
freshmen. It is specifically designed to help students as they transition to college life. Each
class is co-taught by a faculty member and an undergraduate peer leader.
Florida Opportunity Scholars (FOS) (770 students enrolled yearly): The FOS program is an
"initiative to ensure first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
have the resources they need to be academically successful at the University of Florida."4 It
includes a peer-mentoring program where a successful undergraduate FOS student works
with a group of new students to provide support.
University of Florida Minority Mentor Program (UMMP) (300 students served yearly):
UMMP is designed "to support students in their transition to the University of Florida and to
offer guidance as students begin to define their goals and strive for academic success."5
Institute of Hispanic-Latino Culture's P2P Program (IHLC)(P2P) (40 students served
yearly): The P2P program matches freshman Hispanic students with UF undergraduates who
have been active in Hispanic-Latino organizations on campus. 6 Beyond that, the IHLC hosts
15 Hispanic and Latino student organizations and serves hundreds of students each semester.

The University of Florida is clearly committed to providing peer support to all students and specifically
to Hispanic students. The Hispanic Peer Leaders working with the uFLORAS program will reach
thousands of students each semester through both formal and informal library user education classes.
They will serve as liaisons to extant peer-to-peer programs and will help their fellow students develop
critical research skills while easing the feelings of library anxiety that are often associated with
undergraduates.

UF and the Libraries are dedicated to sustaining uFLORAS. The Libraries are committed to hiring a
minimum of five HPLs in subsequent semesters. Various sources of funding are available to sustain
the program including donor-sponsored positions and a scholarship for library student employees.



3AAU Degrees Awarded to Hispanic Students by Degree Level and University, 1995-1996 through 2006-2007
Table IX-9( http://www.ir.ufl.edu/minority/degrees.htm)
4 http://www.dso.ufl.edu/multicultural/ummp/about.php
5 http://www.dso.ufl.edu/multicultural/ummp/about.php
6 http://www.dso.ufl.edu/multicultural/lacasita/peer-to-peer/index.php
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UFg UNIVERSITY of
UFIFLORIDA


J. Bernard Machen
President


April 17, 2009


226 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113150
Gainesville, FL 32611-3150
(352) 392-1311
Fax (352) 392-5275
www.ufl.edu


Ms. Lourdes Guerrerro
Communication & Programs Manager
Excelencia in Education Walmart Semillas Grants
1752 N. Street NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Ms. Guerrero,

As the oldest university in Florida and one of the five largest by student body in the nation, the
University of Florida is applying for the Walmart Semillas Grants program, and it is my pleasure
to endorse the University of Florida's application. Administered by Libraries' staff, Semillas
funds will support uFLORAS. This new program will leverage and expand current campus
activities which successfully retain first generation undergraduates, while focusing on Hispanic
students.

If awarded, the University of Florida agrees to participate in the Semillas' assessment program to
determine the impact of Walmart Semillas funding on serving and retaining Hispanic students,
which represent 12% of UF's more than 52,000 students. Based on past performance, I am
confident in the Libraries' staff and resources to deliver the outcomes outlined in the proposal.

This proposal has my full support.


Sincerel



J. Bernard Machen


The Foundation for The Gator Nation
An Equal Opportunity institution


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UF UNIVERSITY of

UFIFLORIDA


George A. Smathers Libraries
Office of the Dean of University Libraries


535 Library West
PO Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 3261 -71', ,I
352-273-2505
352-392-7251 Fax
www.uflib.ufl.edu


April 23, 1-'I10

Mr. Brian Prindle
Associate Director of Research
University of Florida
PO Box 115500
213 Grinter Hall
G(.ine,\ ille, FL 32611

Dear Mr. Prindle,

The George A. Smaithcls Libraries voluntary cost share for the Excelencia in Education/Walmart
Semillas Program application, titled University of Florida Opportunities for Research Assistance
Students, is $36,727. Thc grant period is Alugust 1, 2009 through Auioli 30, 2010. Cost share
will be allocated to staff time for managing the program design and implemcntlatii n, and
,uIpcr'. iMing, student employees. I agree to the cost share as outlined in the attached buLidgcl





.uLdith C. Russell
-ean of University Libraries


The FounJdationO fr The Gator Nation
An .JLuid Lpportunity I ~ntitutin




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