Support for Incoming Black Students (S.I.B.S.) is a year-long student coordinated peer mentorship program that is open to all students at the University of Michigan (U-M) who are interested in issues that affect the black community and who are dedicated to the retention and success of the students in the program. The goal of S.I.B.S. is to provide unique mentorship and educational opportunities for students on campus. This includes personal, academic, and professional development opportunities that create a fulfilling first-year experience and enhance community members' awareness of their experiences at U-M.
S.I.B.S. is a widely respected year-long student-run program that sustainably engages first-year students in the program. We work to provide a successful social and academic experience through mentorship and programming. S.I.B.S. provides incoming first-year students with:
An upper-class student mentor based on commonalities and factors such as identity, major, school, hometown, and other interests
What are the program's benefits?
Students are paired with a Mentor (Big SIBS) who help Mentees (Little SIBS) throughout their first year and help them with their transition to campus and college life.
Additional support and assistance navigating campus as a black student
Participants will receive leadership training and professional development opportunities throughout the year.
S.I.B.S. Lead Team provides monthly events that provide social and networking opportunities with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Access to the support and resources of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.
Up-to-date information about active student organizations, university programs, and campus events.
Strengthen your skills as a student leader and young professional in academia
Increase your understanding of your identities and those of others
Connect with other organizations and supportive communities of peers
Work that involves social justice programming along with race and ethnicity educational conversation.
S.I.B.S. Core Leadership Team
Alexxus Lige: Marketing and Social Media Engagement Chair
Alexxus (she/they) is a rising Junior at the University of Michigan. She is currently majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change. Post-undergrad she plans to obtain her Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on Education Policy. Then furthering her education by attending Law School. She plans to do work in finding the intersection of education and the criminal justice system. She is from Detroit, Michigan. Alexxus plans at some point to start an organization that is centered around making sure teens from lower socioeconomic status are financially literate and career or school ready.
Centraya Forbes: Marketing and Social Media Engagement Chair
Centraya (she/her/hers) is a junior from Toledo, Ohio and is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts where she is majoring in Psychology with double minors in Crime & Justice and Community Action & Social Change. She is a part of the Residential College where she works as an Admissions Assistant, as well as the Comprehensive Studies Program where she works as a Front Desk Assistant. Some of her other involvements include an active member of the Black Student Union, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Telling-It. She is very excited to be a part of this team and meet and interact with everyone!
Christina Gleaton: Participant Engagement Chair
Christina (she/her/hers) is a Detroit native and is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science. Christina is committed to volunteerism and direct community action, engaging youth in hopes to be a positive impact on the social and systematic structures in Detroit. Christina worked as a youth program volunteer for Church of Our Father Baptist facilitating community events for seven years and as an Instructor with the Child Evangelism Fellowship program, to spiritually enrich the lives of the children in Detroit and the surrounding communities.
Jeremiah Price: Student Coordinator
Jeremiah (he/him/his) hails from Park Forest, Illinois. He is a junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts studying music. In the future, he hopes to become a performing artist and work with children in the arts. Currently, he enjoys providing service as a member of the Support for Incoming Black Students’ CORE team as the Financial Chair. In his free time, he loves to do anything with music, work out, and enjoy life.
Kayla Haley: Programming Engagement Chair
Kayla Haley is a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois. She is planning to major in Philosophy and minor in English. She aims to attend law school after she graduates from U-M. Kayla sees herself working in education to improve the Chicago Public School system in her future. In her freshman year, Kayla participated in Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts, in photography club, and contributed two pieces in the 2019-2020 LSWA arts and literary journal.
Mariah Bobo: Participant Engagement Chair
Mariah (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from Southfield, Michigan. Mariah is currently enrolled in the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts but is planning to transfer to the School of Pharmacy and major in Pharmaceutical Sciences. After she graduates with her undergraduate degree she plans to enroll in pharmacy school and eventually become a pharmacist that works with children. In addition, Mariah is a Student Ambassador, as well as working as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS/Pharmacy. Mariah is a part of the first cohort of students involved in The Wolverine Pathways Program.
Tiffany Harris: Marketing and Social Media Engagement Chair
Tiffany Harris (she/her/hers) is a Junior at the University of Michigan. Through her Political Science and African Studies double majors, she is able to immerse herself in education to become a moral woman of society. Tiffany is involved with S.I.B.S. and Creatives of Color, an organization that displays the artistic talents of minority students on Michigan’s campus, as well as the Black Undergraduate Law Association. This past summer, she worked for the Nature Conservancy as the fundraising ambassador. Tiffany has been dancing for 16-years and is the social chair for Pure Dance Company.
If you have questions or are interested in joining S.I.B.S. feel free to contact Andrew Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (734) 764-3300. You may also email the S.I.B.S. Core at email@example.com or call the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at (734) 763-9044.