Founded by scholars in 2018, Black Women Instilling Scholarly Excellence aims to embolden the academic and professional potential of young women of color across the country. We hope to foster a passion and desire in the minds and hearts of young women of color to seek academic excellence in their field of choice while also learning the importance of reinvesting such efforts in our community.
By adopting a “trickle down” mentorship model, BWISE includes women in all stages of life. The professional core includes women who are currently working within their specialty who have a passion for pouring into our youth. We are in need of all types of professionals! The professional core will mentor young women in college who are seeking to one day function successfully within a specific field. For example, an aspiring teacher will be paired with a teacher who is actively working in and navigating that particular environment. The mentors will guide and mold these young students and equip them for a pathway to success prior to and after graduation. It is our hope that young women who might not have a friend or family member who have walked such academic paths, will find that the mentors serve as the missing shoulders to stand on.
Our college students involved in BWISE and or receiving mentorship from the professional core will be required to return the efforts by mentoring a high school student. For example, a practicing lawyer will mentor a pre law college student who will in turn mentor a high school student who dreams of becoming a lawyer. The college student will help to ensure the high schooler has all of the information necessary to appear as an attractive candidate to college programs.
“No matter what accomplishments you made,
somebody helped you.”
— Althea Gibson
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