Lansing Community College

WISE - Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment

I can, I will, I must!

Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) is an initiative that is dedicated to the education and support of the professional career interests of women students at Lansing Community College. The WISE seeks to inspire, support and empower women by offering educational opportunities for development of knowledge and leadership skills, building of professional and personal connections, promoting the presence of professional women, and fostering mentoring relationships. Housed within the Under the Cesar Chavez Learning Center as one of its programming, the WISE Program offers students:

  • One-on-one mentoring with local Professional Women
  • Mentor and Mentee speed matching event to facilitate pairings
  • Monthly Mentor/Mentee Sessions using the ATHENA LEADERSHIP Model
  • Job Shadowing and Externships
  • Annual Mentor Program Event

The ATHENA Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating. Using the ATHENA Leadership Model, participants in WISE will become engaged in these eight principles during monthly transformative sessions lead by members of the ATHENA organization and LCC’s Chief Diversity Officer. Their unique and engaging materials are devoted to advancing girls and women as leaders and inspiring them to reach their full potential.

Benefits of Mentoring


  • Invest in others!
  • Recognition as an expert and leader
  • Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
  • Development of leadership and coaching styles
  • Opportunity to give back
  • Leadership Training – Athena Model
  • Professional development
  • Career development
  • Build confidence
  • Develop new skills and knowledge


Application Process

  • All interested applicants of WISE must complete an application and submit it by the enrollment deadline
  • A recommendation from a LCC faculty or staff must accompany the application
  • Successfully complete an interview with designated Program staff and Chief Diversity Officer
  • A committee will review all applications and determine appropriate matches

Time Commitment and Program Structure

  • Participate two-consecutive semesters
  • Attend facilitated Leadership sessions throughout the academic year (Complete Athena Model)
  • Monthly one-to-one meetings, either in person or by phone
  • Be an active participant of program offerings/services

Participant Requirements and Expectations

The program seeks students who are first-generation, underrepresented and/or individuals seeking mentorship, belonging and leadership building skills. In addition, participants should have a desire for service learning, community development, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to connect with others from diverse backgrounds is essential.

  • Participants accept and agree to the terms set forth by the program agreement
  • Participants enter into a one-to-one mentoring relationship
  • Each mentoring pair establishes at least one specific career development goal at the outset and then works toward achieving that goal over the course of the program
  • Participants attend a series of facilitated, onsite group sessions that are integral elements of the program. These sessions allow for dialogue among the group, giving participants the opportunity to develop additional professional connections, address career issues, discuss challenges and solutions, and share perspectives.
WISE timeline


  • WISE applicants typically apply each spring for Fall enrollment in WISE
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 8 of the year preceding their WISE year
  • Applicants may apply at any time to be considered for placement if space is available

WISE 1 (1st semester) runs from the start of school year until early April.
WISE 2 (2nd semester) runs from mid-January to the end of school year.

On occasion, students may extend their WISE experience, dependent upon WISE mentor agreement and program approval.

The Program will offer two scholarships:

These awards recognize students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement in combination with positive contributions to their school and community. We seek students who personify our motto, I can, I will, I must!

  • Students must complete all aspects of the application process by January 31st, including faculty recommendations and essays
  • Students must demonstrate strong academic achievement as seen on academic records, mentor recommendations and involvement on campus, particularly the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Students must show positive engagement and leadership in their current school community through arts, athletics and service
  • Students must be enrolled at least part-time at LCC.
  • Students who receive scholarships will be notified in mid-March
Tonya Bailey posing for a photo

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Tonya Bailey
Phone: 517-483-1116

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