Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs


Support for Incoming Black Students (S.I.B.S) is a year-long student coordianted peer mentorship program that is open to all students at the University of Michigan 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. SIBS' goal is to provide unique mentorship and educational opporutnities for students on the University of Michigan campus. This includes personal, academic, and professional development opportunities that create a fulfilling first-year experience and that enhances community members' awareness of their experiences on U-M campus. 

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. SIBS provides incoming first-year students with:

An upperclass student mentor based on commonalities and factors such as identity, major, school, hometown, and other interests

  • Year-round recognition for big/little SIBS
  • 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



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.