Those who wish to participate must:

  • Be admitted to EMU. 
  • Attend a mandatory program overview
  • Students and parents/guardians are expected to commit to the following outlined program requirements and foundational courses during the first two semesters.

Family Orientation

During this orientation students and their parent/guardians will meet SisterHOOD staff and go over key program elements. Staff will also answer any questions students and their parents/guardians may have. Attending this orientation is mandatory for both students and parents/guardians wishing to participate in the program.

Extended Orientation

The Extended Orientation allows students to live on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester to prepare for Math, English, Writing and Reading at the collegiate level to start the academic year strong. During this time students will live in a residence hall with designated Housing Residence Life (HRL) staff and Academic Success Partnership (ASP) staff. Students will attend Math and Writing intensive courses to prepare for the rigor of university and actively participate in structured workshops and community building activities. Attending and completing this orientation is mandatory for students wishing to participate in the program.

*Please note all freshman students at EMU are strongly encouraged to attend EMU’s First Three New Student Orientation (Typically Sep. 1–4).

Living Learning Community

All participants who select on-campus housing must live in Sellers Hall within the SisterHOOD Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC). This LLC has designated Housing Residence Life Resident Advisor and Community Planner living on the floor with scholars.

From literature and our work at EMU we know that students who participate in Living Learning and Theme Communities:

  • Make new friends with similar interests
  • Create life-long friendships
  • Maintain higher GPAs
  • Interact with faculty and staff members outside of the classroom
  • Participate in more campus activities 
  • Higher second year retention rates

To ensure our scholars are engaged while living in their LLC our community programmer facilitates programming that is guided by our Four Community Pillars:


SisterHOOD teaches students that beauty, both inner and outer, are transformed through the process of self-love and reflection by engaging in discussions around self-identity.

Persistence and Completion 

SisterHOOD promotes the importance of scholarship by encouraging women to invest in academic, personal and professional development opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Authentic Leadership

Through courses, leadership training/workshops, and mentoring opportunities; students will learn how to influence and/or create change within their communities (home, EMU, or abroad) without compromising their identity. Students will recognize who they are as women of color and their lived experience only strengthens their ability to mature and persist as they desire.

Health and Wellness

Transitioning from high school to college may feel overwhelming, thus through dialogue, recreation, and campus partnerships; SisterHOOD plans to assist students with addressing their emotional, psychological, and/or physical needs.

Designated Courses

Scholars must enroll in the courses listed below during their first and second year. Each course counts towards general education requirements that every student at EMU must fulfill. 


  • Fall Semester
    • MATH 110: Mathematical Reasoning (GEQR)
    • CTAC 124: Foundations of Speech Communication (GEEC)
    • WRTG 120 or WRTG 121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience (GEEC)
    • UNIV 101L3: Introduction to the University (GELB) (Taken as a cohort)
  • Winter Semester: LEAD 201: Introduction to Leadership (GEKS)


  • Fall Semester: LEAD301L2: Emerging as a Culturally Competent Leader (GELB)

Study Tables

Scholars are required to fulfill 10 hours of study tables each week at designated study tables locations. During the assigned times students are expected to complete their homework and prepare for upcoming exams and course assignments.

Success Coaching Meetings

Scholars are required to meet with their assigned Success Coach weekly during the Fall semester and bi-weekly during the Winter semester. During these meetings coaches will sit down with scholars to discuss their progress from a wholistic approach, touching on seven key domains to foster student success.

Monthly Cohort Meetings

Scholars are required to attend monthly cohort meetings. During these monthly meetings SisterHOOD staff will provide scholars with information the is essential to their human development and degree completion goals.

Community Building Programming

Scholars are required to attend our Community Building Program, SisterHOOD Queendom Vibes once a semester. Queendom Vibes is open to the campus community at large regardless of class standing and provides a safe space for WOC to engage in conversation and build community. During this time all students in attendance can experience free manicures, enjoy food, and take part in guided dialogues. 

Some of our program themes include:

  • Professionalism 
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Worth
  • Healthy Relationships 

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