For the second year in a row, students from the Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) The Work Force Program recently visited Harvard, in an effort to help inspire students to accomplish their educational aspirations by demonstrating that college is an attainable goal.

The students were greeted by Dr. Irvin Scott, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Scott explained the importance of maintaining a “growth mindset.” The idea, he explained, is that everyone — no matter their background — can “change and grow through application and experience.”  He stressed the importance of living life being mindful of that belief.

Students ate at Annenberg Hall, and were given the option of choosing one of two Harvard “classes” to attend. Some chose to study Marine Biology with Pete Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Others chose to learn about U.S./Russian relations from staff at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

“For the students to see professors and students at Harvard who looked like them, and came from background similar to theirs, was extremely powerful,” said Marisa Lopez, a senior teacher counselor at CHA. “Hearing from the students, the professors, and Dr. Scott made Harvard seem – well different. To know that these people wanted to come and take time out of their busy days – because they care enough about inspiring kids to achieve – says volumes about themselves – and about Harvard. Our students have all the skill and potential in the world, and the more they hear that, the better. Today they heard it.”