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Ida B. Wells

Named for the noted civil rights activist, suffragist, and journalist, the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community is for women of African descent who want to explore culture, identity, leadership, and civic engagement as the foundation for their active participation in the university community. 

Kwanzaa Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQ

How is Academic Excellence highlighted within the IBW LLC?

Students who maintain a high gpa and exhibit strong leadership potential are invited to become members of the Ida B. Wells Society.

Who may apply? 

Ida B. Wells is open to first-year women of African descent. Your academic qualifications and service learning experience will be considered.

Will I take classes as part of Ida B. Wells? 

Yes, your academic advisor will assist you in creating your schedule. Here are some courses that may be included:

MBU INT 107: Legacy and Tradition (1 credit) ( first semester) Cornett-Scott

Religion 232: African American Religion (3 credits) (first semester)

What extra-curricular activities will I be participating in?  

Prior to the start of the semester, you’ll attend the Ida B. Wells Institute to orient you to the university. In Ida B. Wells, you’ll participate in community service programming. You’ll prepare for and participate in Kwanzaa, a unique rite of incorporation that celebrates sisterhood, academic success, and cultural pride. Other integral pieces include alumnae mentors through the Sista Friends Program, the class quilt project, and Black Baby Doll Day. 

What leadership opportunities are there beyond the first year? 

Most of the students who participate in the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community as freshmen continue to be student leaders, Ubuntu mentors, big “sistas,” and active leaders in student organizations, including those organizations for students of color. What extra-curricular activities will I be participating in? Prior to the start of the semester, you’ll attend the Ida B. Wells Institute to orient you to the university. In Ida B. Wells, you’ll participate in community service programming.

You’ll prepare for and participate in Kwanzaa, a unique rite of incorporation that celebrates sisterhood, academic success, and cultural pride. Other integral pieces include alumnae mentors through the Sista Friends Program, the class quilt project, and Black Baby Doll Day all of which are designed to celebrate community and belonging.

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