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What We Do

Roles in the Community

First Year Students: Around 100 incoming students are accepted into the program through a rigorous application process. These students have a STEM interest and are paired with a peer mentor prior to arriving on campus. 

Peer Mentors: About 40 second-year students apply to return to the program as a peer mentor. Each peer mentor is assigned to 3-4 first year students. 

Program Board: The Program Board consists of seven current sophomore leaders, all of whom serve concurrently as Peer Mentors. The board develops and implements social, wellness, and co-curricular activities for the entire WISE RP community, approximately 6-7 events per semester.

Resident Advisors: The program has 5 Resident Advisors (RAs) that are third and fourth-year students and the majority of the current RAs were former WISE RP members.

Summer Assistants: Meet with each of our incoming first-year participants through small, virtual sessions called Meet and Greets. Students are provided with information about the WISE RP, including program dates and requirements for the academic year. Summer Assistants, having been part of the WISE RP for at least one year, also provide additional tips and tricks for making the WISE RP and Michigan experience positive and successful.

Undergraduate Assistant: Student provides assistance with an array of tasks for both programs that support our efforts around programming, student engagement, communication, and outreach.

Study Group Leaders: Provides academic support to students in both MLC communities as they navigate their academic courses.

Recruitment Team: A team of 5-7 current WISE RP students in the Winter Term who serve as recruiters and tour guides. These students serve as one of the integral parts of recruiting students to apply for the WISE RP at University of Michigan Campus Days.

Social Media Coordinator: Supports essential communication efforts on WISE RP social media and website platforms.


WISE Nights

Twice per semester, WISE RP students gather as acommunity to actively engage with female-identified faculty and staff to hear more about their STEM academic and career journey. Participants are exposed to the challenges and opportunities faced by these individuals who, while holding different social identities and life experiences, provide detailed insights and advice for our community members as they navigate their own STEM journeys. 

Paint the Rock

As the starting event for the WISE RP Program Board, students travel as a group to paint the rock located on the corner of Washtenaw Ave. and Hill St. It’s always a fun and exciting time to come together during Welcome Week and show a little WISE RP love and pride! 

Alumni Weekend

Near the beginning of the Winter term, all WISE RP participants gather to meet and hear from seven WISE RP alums, each of whom openly share their authentic experiences from their time within and beyond the WISE RP. During both large and small group sessions, our alums open up about their favorite classes, when they failed, and how WISE RP helped to shape their college experience and beyond. Students also gain an appreciation for their own journey and get a chance to set new areas of growth and opportunity for their futures, in addition to networking with the alums present.

Find out more information about alumni weekend here!

2019 Events

Growing Your Future

The community gathered to create vision boards in January for the semester and new year while planting succulents and decorating pots. Let's not forget about the Michigan baskeball game that was being aired as well. Go Blue!  

Kafe Karoke

First year students, peer mentors, and RAs gathered for a night of karoke, dancing, and showcasing other talents one night while indulging in sweet treats in February. This is one of the events our Program Board hosted for the community. 

Ice Skating at Yost

In March, the Program Board hosted an ice-skating night at Yost Ice Arena on campus, providing free skates and ice rental for first-year students and peer mentors. Ice-skating at Yost is one of the most look forward to events of the winter throughout campus.