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The renovated office space is scheduled to be completed by January 2017. (Courtesy: EOP) The renovated office space is scheduled to be completed by January 2017. (Courtesy: EOP)

Renovations Underway for EOP

Space renovations will contribute to the success of underrepresented students.
By Sharon Penny

Exciting changes are happening in San Diego State University's Office of Educational Opportunity Programs, including a modern renovation that promises to bring increased opportunities and more efficiency for students served by EOP.

One key component of the renovation is the Learning Support Center, which will be a state-of-the art support facility to enhance skill building and provide tutoring. This new center will provide a dynamic and expanded learning space that is open and adaptable to meet various programming needs. It will also allow greater cross-campus collaboration and enhance student access to campus resources. EOP is currently looking to hire a learning support coordinator.

The improvements will also add a new Guardian Scholars resource area, serving former foster-care youth students, and a Dream resource area that will support Dream/AB540 students. These areas will provide students with resources and opportunities for community connection to other students.

“These renovations are much overdue and sorely needed,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera. “I’m very excited about the new and forward-thinking resources that will be available to this very important student population. EOP students have made tremendous impacts not only at SDSU, but also within their communities and their families. These are crucial programs that are making a difference for our students.”

The renovated office space in Student Services East 2109 is scheduled to be completed by January 2017. During the construction phase of this project, the EOP office has been relocated to Aztec Mesa, Room 110.

The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs has been serving economically disadvantaged students at SDSU since 1969. Starting with less than 300 students upon inception, EOP now proudly serves more than 3,200 first-generation, low-income and historically disadvantaged students, including former foster care youth through the Guardian Scholars Program.