environment helping them with their homework before or after
class, have lunch, go to the gym, and just spending time socializing on
campus," she said.
grant awarded to Middlesex in partnership with LABBB (Lexington,
Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Belmont) Special Education
Collaborative and Bedford Public Schools. Grant funds support
creating inclusive environments for students to succeed academically,
personally and professionally.
specialized enrollment, registration and academic advising, community-
based employment and career support, and educational coaches.
ICE students have full access to MCC clubs, student activities, the
Fitness Center, and academic and support services.
great students with disabilities have an opportunity to go to college.'
But I don't see it as an opportunity it's their right," she said. "Being
a Peer Mentor is considered work, but to me it's just spending time
club. In the fall of 2015, she founded the ICE Program Peers (ICEPP)
Club on campus. The club currently has about 12 members a mix
of ICE students and ICE Peer Mentors. Llorente Gonzalez serves as
president, and an ICE student serves as vice president.
Gonzalez. "But this isn't your typical club. There are a lot of things
to consider. Going outside a normal routine can be very challenging
thought, but that's the interesting part."
parties. "It was a chance for ICE students and Peer Mentors to get
together to discuss the semester and celebrate their success," she
said. "ICE students got to showcase their artwork and final projects.
A lot of people participated, Dawn Gross, ICE Program Coordinator,
and Susan Woods, Associate Dean of Student Support Services, were
there, as well as educational coaches, friends, and my advisor. It was
is the relationships that form between ICE students, herself, and other
students on campus.
up, introduce themselves, and then in a few weeks I'll see ICE students
and my friends hanging out. That's the best part," she explained. "They
build true and natural relationships between one another without my
assistance. It's really rewarding to see ICE students having a true
college experience just like everyone else. "
education to pursue a degree in special education. She is considering
working with people living with autism or Asperger's syndrome.
education," she said. "ICE students inspire me. I want to learn all I can,
so I can apply it to helping them."