2nd Floor Sellers Hall
The SisterHOOD (Helping Others Obtain Degrees) Scholars Community is part of a university-wide initiative designed to engage and foster a stronger sense of community for women of color at EMU. Through collaborative partnerships with various campus offices and community organizations, this initiative strives to help more women of color persist and to equip them with the tools to be successful once they earn their degrees. The SisterHOOD Scholars Community is designed for incoming first-year women of color who are freshmen at the university.
SisterHOOD Scholars Community Pillars
SISTERHOOD & SELF-EFFICACY: SisterHOOD teaches students that beauty, both inner and outer, is transformed through the process of self-love and reflection by engaging in discussions around self-identity. This dialogue takes place both within the living-learning and EMU communities during Queendom Vibes (open to all students), which is an intentionally designed safe space where women of color share, connect and grow in solidarity through celebration, affirmation, and conversation.
PERSISTENCE AND COMPLETION; SisterHOOD promotes the importance of scholarship by encouraging women to partake in academic, personal and professional development opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. As a platform for student success here at EMU, students who participate in this program will learn to create a solid foundation towards the road to graduation with the following Building BLOCKS: Beauty, Leadership, Outreach, Creativity, Knowledge, and SisterHOOD!
AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP: Through courses, leadership training/workshops, and mentoring opportunities; students will learn how to influence and/or create change within their communities (at home and/or Eastern) without compromising their identity. Students will recognize who they are as women of color and their lived experience only strengthens their ability to lead successfully.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Transitioning from high school to college can feel overwhelming, thus through dialogue, recreation, and campus partnerships; SisterHOOD plans to assist students with addressing their emotional, psychological, and/or physical needs.