UTHSC Hosts Frayser High School Mentoring Day

On Wednesday, November 30, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) hosted a mentoring activity for 50 honors students of Frayser High School in grades nine through twelve.

On Wednesday, November 30, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) hosted a mentoring activity for 50 honors students of Frayser High School in grades nine through twelve.

The students began the day with a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum. The tour exposed the youth to the struggles African-Americans endured before advancing as a people. Following the museum tour, the Frayser High honors students headed to the UT Health Science Center campus for a noon luncheon and frank discussions with UTHSC students. The Frayser students also took an abbreviated campus tour.

“The trip to the museum showed them their heritage and the struggle others went through,” said Pam Houston, director of Special Events and Community Affairs at UTHSC. “The whole idea is to inspire them to have a better life.”

The discussion panel included UTHSC students representing the university’s six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC students reflected on individual choices they have made, as well as personal and academic successes they have enjoyed and goals they aspire to as upcoming professionals in the health care industry. UTHSC students intend to partner with the Frayser students throughout their academic careers.