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The Brotherhood and Sisterhood (BHSH) Scholars Program uses a holistic approach to assist first-year students of color during their transition to postsecondary education and adulthood. This program is housed within Academic Success Partnerships (ASP), a universit department committed to creating an inclusive environment for students providing access to beneficial resources to achieves their personal, academic and professional goals.

Two cohorts exist within our program: Brotherhood Scholars for students identifying as men of color and Sisterhood Scholars for students identifying as women of color. Through student-centered programming facilitated by dedicated staff and faculty, we work to instill a strong sense of community, emboldening students to strengthen their academic performance and stamina as they learn and grow on their paths toward degree completion. Our collaborative university partnerships offer an extended orientation, a residential livinglearning community, designed courses, academic coaching, mentorship, and structured workshops.

Program Benefits

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.

Program Services

  • Academic advising and coaching
  • Interactive monthly workshops
  • Scholarship opportunities and additional resources
  • Designated floors in residential hall (Wise Hall) for program participants residing on campus
  • Programming centered around essential developmental areas: academic, socio-cultural, and human

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