Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

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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

  • Year-round recognition for Big/Little S.I.B.S.
  • Valuable leadership training and professional development opportunities
  • Opportunities for students to advance into leadership positions
  • Access to the support and resources of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
  • Monthly events that provide social and networking opportunities with students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Incoming students apply HERE


If you have questions or are interested in joining S.I.B.S. feel free to contact  Leon Howard at, phone (734) 764-3300. You may also email the S.I.B.S. Core at or call the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at (734) 763-9044.