Lansing Community College

WISE - Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment

Women Inspiring Scholarship through Empowerment (WISE) Institute now accepting applications for Scholars and Mentors for the Class of 2022.

I can, I will, I must!

WISE is an initiative that seeks to inspire, support and empower individuals who self-identify as women by offering educational opportunities to develop knowledge and leadership skills, build professional and personal connections, promote the presence of professional women, and foster mentoring relationships. Housed within the Cesar Chavez Learning Center, it offers students:

  • One-on-one mentoring with local Professional Women
  • Monthly Mentor/Mentee Sessions using the ATHENA LEADERSHIP Model
  • Job Shadowing and Externships

Our 2022 Leadership Development Program offers both virtual and in-person opportunities!

Using the ATHENA Leadership Model, WISE scholars become engaged in these eight principles: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating.

Please complete the WISE Scholar application. The application process for all WISE scholars include completing and submitting the application along with a recommendation from a LCC faculty or staff, successful completion of an interview with program staff and attending the orientation. If you are interested in being a WISE Mentor, please complete the Mentor application located here. The deadline for submitting mentor and scholar applications is Monday, January 24, 2022 at 5 pm via email at

  1. 2022 WISE Institute Information Session – Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 at 1 pm – CCLC WebEx Link (Meeting number: 120 427 2686 Meeting password: CCLC2021)( hybrid option)
  2. Fast 30- Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet – Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at 3 pm - WebEx Link (Meeting number: 2622 595 1712 Meeting password: Mmpg3JWte33)( hybrid option)
  3. 2022 WISE Institute Induction Ceremony - Week of Feb. 21, 2022 (The date will be provided after polling mentors and mentees on Feb. 10, 2022) (hybrid option)

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 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.

Tonya Bailey posing for a photo

Contact Us

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Tonya Bailey
Phone: 517-483-1116

Additional Contact