Hekima Scholars Program


Hekima in the Swahili language means Wisdom.

Hekima Scholars Program was developed in 2018 to address the educational barriers facing young Men of Color at UWL. This is accomplished by forming the circle of wisdom (where professional Men of Color speaks with Hekima Scholars, giving advise and encouragements), learning the rights as Men of Color, learning about starting own business, and many more. 

This is a 1-credit course in which is taught by a faculty instructor along side a staff member from the Division of Diversity & Inclusion, mainly from the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS). 

This will be cohort based with 15 students, 2 instructors and 2 mentors (1 graduate student and 1 undergraduate student).


Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as a Student of Color
  • Self-identify as a Male of Color
  • UWL students in their first-year or second-year

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Hekima Staff

Hekima Advisor/Co-Faculty | Gerardo Aponte-Safe

Hekima Advisor/Co-Faculty | Thomas Harris

Hekima Program Coordinator | Jose Rubio-Zepeda

Gerardo Aponte-Safe

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Assistant Professor
240B Morris Hall

Specialty areas:

Global Education

Social Studies Education

Teacher Education

Thomas Harris

Jose Rubio-Zepeda

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Transfer Retention Specialist
1108 Centennial Hall

Specialty areas:

Academic and Financial Retention, Transnationalism and identity within the context of migration; globalization and its effects; African Diaspora in Central America and the Caribbean, especially in the Dominican Republic and Haiti; critical race theory; cultural studies; masculinity, class, gender