The Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars Program’s mission is to provide students of color with psycho-social transitional support and foundational academic, leadership, and social skills to become culturally competent and academically prepared to successfully navigate Eastern Michigan University (EMU).
Two cohorts exist within our program, the Brotherhood cohort for students identifying as men of color and the Sisterhood cohort for students identifying as women of color. Through collaborative university partnerships, the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars program guides students in their freshman year of college by providing an extended orientation, a residential community, designated courses for personal and academic development, mentorship, and workshops. Dedicated staff facilitates programming centered around three key developmental areas: academic, human, and socio-cultural. Students are connected to staff, faculty, alumni, and community members in order to provide them with a network of support throughout their collegiate journey and beyond.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood has several main goals:
- To help participants adjust to university life and transition into adult independence.
- To provide a community of support and advocacy to help students of color succeed at EMU.
- To help students build long lasting friendships and bonding in the living learning community.
- To strengthen academic abilities especially in the areas of Math, English, critical thinking, and habits essential to collegiate success.
- To provide students with wrap-around academic support, personal and professional development, and mentorship that will help them persist and complete their degrees.
- Academic advising and coaching
- Interactive monthly workshops
- Scholarship opportunities and additional resources
- Designated floors in residential hall (Sellars Hall) for program participants
- Programming centered around essential developmental areas: academic, socio-cultural, and human