Ascender Events Calendar

Fall 2021 Events

Ascender Student Orientation

  • Fri., Aug. 13, 12pm-2pm
  • Mon., Aug. 16, 12pm-2pm

Welcome, Ascender! Learn the foundations and objectives of Ascender. Meet with the Ascender team who will support you in your first year of college. This is your chance to learn about the program, meet your classmates, and ask any questions!
*Mandatory for all students


  • Sat., Aug. 21, 10am-12pm
  • Sat., Aug. 28, 10am-12pm

Before the semester starts, let's say "Hello!" Get to meet the Ascender Team and receive a welcome package from us, curbside style! We will introduce ourselves and get to meet you and your family, and answer any questions or concerns you have about the semester.
*Optional for students


Mentor/Mentee Matching

  • Mon., Sep. 13, 12pm-2pm
  • Wed., Sep. 15, 12pm-2pm
  • Fri., Sep. 17, 12pm-2pm

In this activity, mentors will be introduced to their students and will participate in various activities. They will get to know one another and they will be able to plan ways to meet during the semester.
*Mandatory for students and mentors


16 de Septiembre Celebracion

  • Thurs., September 16, 12pm-1pm

Start celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by attending this celebration for Mexican Independence! Learning a bit of history, play games, and listen to great music from internationally recognized, award nominee musician, Mireya Ramos, from Flor the Toloache.
*Optional for students and mentors

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 919 5136 7490

Bailamos: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

  • Thurs., September 30, 1:30pm-2:30pm

¡Bailamos! Join Student Life and Ascender as we learn more about the origins of Hispanic Heritage month and explore specific aspects of Hispanic culture—through dance.
*Optional for students and mentors

Zoom link

Virtual Dia de los Muertos Altar

  • October-November

Join us by participating in our virtual Dia de los Muertos Altar, where you can honor and celebrate those loved one who you've lost. Simply upload a photo and write something special about your loved one(s). Everyone is welcome to participate! 

Post on the Padlet

Noche de Familia

  • Thurs., Oct. 7, 5pm-7pm
  • Thurs., Oct. 14, 5pm-7pm
  • Thurs., Oct. 21, 5pm-7pm

Families and friends will learn about the components of the Ascender program, will have the chance to meet students' mentors, and participate in various activities.
*Mandatory for students and mentors


ASCENDER/American Gateways Virtual DACA Session

  • Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-12pm

You are welcome to join Ascender for a presentation by American Gateways explaining general DACA information. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions or express concerns for DACA recipients. This event is free and open to the public.
*Optional for students and mentors


Texas Book Festival Real Reads Event

  • Tues., Oct. 26, 6pm

This year, ASCENDER students have an opportunity to read Texas Book Festival featured editor, Sergio Troncoso's new book, "Nepantla Familias." In this exclusive event, you will have an opportunity to hear from the author and ask him any questions you have about the stories and his writing process.
*Mandatory for INRW students



  • Thurs., Dec. 2, 5pm-7pm
  • Fri., Dec. 3, 12pm-2pm

During their EDUC 1300 class, students will reflect on their best achievements and will plan on how to improve and make adjustments for the Spring Semester.
*Mandatory for students, optional for mentors