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Dr. Queen Brown
Associate Professor; Project Investigator and Coordinator
Education Center, Room 214
Mr. David Hunter
Education Center, Room 211
Ms. Yolana West
Education Center, Room 229
Dr. Queen Brown serves as Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator.  Dr. Brown came to Georgia Southwestern in 2002 as Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education in Social Studies and Curriculum and Instruction.  She currently fills the role of Associate Professor of Middle Grades Education and Middle Grades Education Coordinator. In addition to her major assignment, she has achieved numerous publications in School Law, research focusing on the At-Risk African American Male, alternative teaching strategies, interactive teaching strategies, promoting diversity in teaching and the integration of technology into teaching and is responsible for Middle Grades program reporting.  She earned her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science and Social Science in Education from Georgia Southwestern State University, Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Albany State University and Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning and Educational Administration and Supervision from Georgia Southern University.


2013 Near Peer Mentoring Service Program Calendar

February 7, 2013

  • Host a “Studying Skills Workshop” at GSW Academic Resource Center/Writing Center
  • HS students come to GSW campus from 4:00-5:00pm.
  • Transportation is provided; parental permission is needed.

February 16, 2013

  • GSW Homecoming Cook out at 11:00, campus tour at 1:00 and Canes Game at 3:30
  • (Permission needed. Parents drop off children at GSW Storm Dome Parking Lot)
  • NPHC Step Show at 8:00pm at GSW (Available for teens to attend,  but NP program  is not responsible for transportation and chaperon)

March 8, 2013

  • Cultures Exploration and Exchanges
  • Bring GSW college students to High School
  • 10:00-11:30am

April 3, 2013

  • GSW International Food Festival  (College experience activity)
  • Bring High School students to GSW campus
  • 11:30am -12:30am
  • Van will be provided. Parental permission is needed

**The schedule may be subject to changes**

College Coaches Information Presentation:

8:10-8:40am at Sumter High School
2/11/2013 (Monday): College Application (Presenter: Ryne)
2/25/2013 (Monday): Personal Statement (Presenter: Addie)
3/4/2013 (Monday): Resume Building (Presenter: Ale )
4/1/2013 (Monday): Financial aid application (Presenter: Megan)

Upcoming Event: Summer 4-day Camp: 

Period: May 28 (Tuesday) to May 31 (Friday), 2013
Program duration: 9:00am -2:00pm
One Field trip to UGA at Athens, lunch and transportation provided.

**This is a tentative schedule.  It may be subject to changes**


May 28


May 29 (Wednesday)

May 30


May 31






Field Trip to UGA


6:00  Depart  from Americus


10:00 Arrive at UGS


10:30-11:45  UGA campus Tour


12:00-12:50  Lunch  at UGA










Self Esteem

(Alma Keita)

Goal setting and Career planning/

Interview skills



College application/

College life





Peer Interaction

(Alma Keita)

SAT writing

(Lauren Dipaula)

Financial Aid


(From College Access Office  or GSW FA office)


Healthy Eating


Plagiarism and writing

(Lauren Dipaula)

Technology  workshop (Gavin)


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Lunch at UGA


Health and Exercise


Financial Planning –book keeping, balancing, budgeting

(from Wells Fargo or Sumter Bank)

Closing Ceremony

1:00 Leave for Mall


1:30-3:30 Shopping Mall


3:30  Depart for Americus


7:30  Arrive  at Americus







The Near Peer Program provides college coaches/mentors for “high-need” high school students to help ensure they receive the services needed to successfully apply to and enroll in a postsecondary institution. Nine USG institutions have Near Peer Programs.  Through the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG),School of Education faculty at  Georgia Southwestern State University has developed a Near Peer Program in collaboration with Americus/Sumter High School South.

Dr. Queen Brown is the principal investigator and coordinator of the Near Peer Program at Georgia Southwestern State University.  The program has been in existence on this campus since spring of 2013. GSW’s Near Peer program, which provides intensive instruction to select high school seniors and prepares them for the rigors and realities of college life, was funded for a second year in 2014  and has accepted the challenge to apply for funding for the third and final year, 2014-15.The college coaches take a service learning/mentoring course, EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives/ Diversity in Education taught by Dr. Brown and Mr. David Hunter  that provides the instruction they need to work with underrepresented students in order to increase access and readiness for college.

The Near Peer Program Goals

  • Provide “Near Peer” mentoring services to underrepresented students at partner high schools;
  • Increase awareness among underrepresented students about applying to and paying for college;
  • Increase awareness among underrepresented students about various career opportunities;
  • Promote college opportunities in a positive way to the underrepresented students served;
  • Provide information about college life and classroom experiences to the underrepresented students served; and
  • Develop a sense of community involvement for college students serving as Near Peer mentors/coaches.

Eighteen of the 30 original Near Peer students have applied to various Georgia colleges and universities  for admission in Fall 2014. The program makes a real impact in the lives of students at Americus High South.

Screening is underway now to identify Near Peer students for the fall semester

Course Information:

EDUC 2120: Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives/ Diversity in Education
Offered fall 2014 and spring 2015 (3 credit hours)
Time: TBA (Check Class Schedules)
Instructors: Dr. Queen Brown & Mr. David Hunter

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