Wise Tree


What is WISE?

WISE: Woke Independent Student Empowerment is a strengths-based leadership development and mentorship program for underserved populations on Stetson University's campus, including

  • Students of Color
  • LGBTQIA students
  • First-Generation Students
  • And many more!

WISE aims to build a community among African-American, Asian-American, Native American, Latinx, Multi-racial, LGBTQ+ and first-generation college students. The purpose of WISE is to ease student transition from high school to Stetson University by exposing WISE Scholars to the Hatter community and the many programs and resources available.

The program provides students an opportunity to dialogue and explore issues of difference, acceptance, and intercultural learning. These skills are critical to your success at Stetson and beyond. Our students come from a wide range of areas, from urban cities to rural towns, metropolitan suburbs to countries around the world. Our program is particularly relevant for students from traditionally underrepresented groups/backgrounds and international students.

WISE explores the diversity of student experiences at Stetson University, with emphasis on the experiences of students of color and on issues related to cultural leadership.

While any Stetson Student can participate in WISE programming, we have a cohort mentorship model for those who wish to gain a more immersive and guided experience on campus.


WISE Leaders are positive role models and mentors to our WISE Scholars. They have been through a diversity of cultural and leadership trainings in order to provide their WISE Scholars with the resources and support necessary to navigate the Stetson campus. 

WISE Leaders are

  • Previous SU FIRST Peer Mentors
  • Multicultural Student Council Executive Board members
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Interns

Interested in becoming a mentor to the incoming class? We accept applications for WISE Leaders at the end of each academic year. 


WISE Scholars are students who are looking to gain a more comprehensive view of the Stetson campus. Our Scholars are matched with WISE Leaders (mentors) who assist them in adjusting to life on campus.

For questions about the WISE program or how to get involved, contact Amira el Boussaidi at aelboussaidi@stetson.edu for more information.