Revelle’s ‘Next Step’ Leads to Grove Caffe

    The coordinators of Revelle College’s
    Next Step Program recently finalized a partnership with the Grove Caffe that
    will allow the program’s student participants to take their professors out for
    coffee at the eatery twice quarterly.

    Created in 2005 by the Revelle College Council, Revelle
    Provost Daniel Wulbert and Dean of Student Affairs Renee Barnett-Terry, the
    program was designed to encourage upperclassmen to develop relationships with
    faculty members outside of lecture halls. The yearlong program pairs up to five
    Revelle third- and fourth-year students with each involved faculty member based
    on the student’s major.

    In addition to promoting ties between students and faculty,
    Revelle Senior Representative and Next
    Step Coordinator Aria Jafari said that a major goal of Next Step’s partnership
    is to provide publicity for the Grove, which last year was languishing in
    funds. He said that the Grove is an ideal place for informal meetings with
    faculty members.

    “Having students and faculty go to the Grove is a good,
    cheap alternative [to the Dine-With-a-Professor Program] and also helps an
    on-campus business,” Jafari said.

    According to Revelle Junior Representative Shibani
    Rajadhyksha, the program’s benefits include a $4 pastry and beverage deal as
    well as the opportunity to meet with a professor at the Grove twice per
    quarter, in contrast to the one-time policy of a similar but older Revelle program, Dine-With-A-Professor.

    Jafari credits the success of the program to the
    communicative improvements made the process of pairing of students with
    faculty.

    “Next Step has become a tighter-run program and still has
    potential for continued growth and success,” he said. “The new partnership with
    the Grove can only offer more opportunities and a pleasant venue for
    relationships to develop.”

    While both Jafari and Rajadhyksha feel that the program has
    been beneficial to Revelle students, they agreed that expanding it to become a
    campuswide program would be problematic. They already struggle to recruit
    enough faculty members from the most popular discipline choices, and said that
    campuswide recruitment would be an even more difficult task.

    According to Rajadhyksha, the program’s current success is
    due to the close personal relationships between program coordinators and
    specific students and faculty. However, she said that she would support a
    larger-scale program if the A.S. Council agreed to organize it.

    Barnett-Terry said she supports the program, and would also
    like to see it implemented throughout campus.

    “I don’t think any college has a program like this,” she
    said. “Some of these faculty members are inviting students into their homes.
    How many programs allow you into the life of a faculty member at UCSD?”

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