Inmer Carbajal

Education Justice

2018

The Beauty in the Struggle (BITS) program is a fellowship that seeks to cultivate freshman and sophomore high school students of color to help them achieve their full potential. Through a three-day workshop followed by a mentoring program, students in Austin area high schools will be given the tools to succeed in high school and move on to higher education regardless of the boundaries put in front of them such as the school-to-prison pipeline. The fellowship highlights the unique experiences of each of these students and helps reposition the struggles these students face, or will face, as an asset rather than the reason for their downfall. The program builds confidence in these students and works with programs at the University of Texas at Austin to give them the tools needed to be able to achieve their goals.