Hekima Scholars Program

WHAT IS HEKIMA?

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).

HEKIMA CRITERIA

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

Hear from our Hekima Alumni

UWL’s Hekima Scholars gain community and cultural engagement leadership experience. 

 

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
gaponte@uwlax.edu
608.785.5408

Specialty areas:

Global Education

Social Studies Education

Teacher Education

Thomas Harris

Jose Rubio-Zepeda

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Transfer Retention Specialist
1108 Centennial Hall
jrubiozepeda@uwlax.edu
608.785.8228

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

Advisory Board

The Hekima Scholars Advisory Board consists of faculty, administrators, and staff members at UWL to lead, guide, and strengthen the direction of Hekima Scholars within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. This is done through three principal ways:

· Advise on high impact practice programs, drawing upon advisory members’ experiences and knowledge on retention programs;

· Serve as a bridge between the division and as liaisons within UWL, broader communities, and sectors in which the Advisory Board members belong:

· Guide and assist with the development of the programs, identifying potential donors, seeking ways to recruit and retain multicultural students, providing feedback, and creating fund-raising activities to assist the programs with future funding opportunities

Gerado Aponte-Safe

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Assistant Professor
240B Morris Hall
gaponte@uwlax.edu
608.785.5408

Specialty areas:

Global Education

Social Studies Education

Teacher Education

Thomas Harris

Charles Martin-Stanley

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Associate Dean
138B Wimberly Hall
cmartin-stanley@uwlax.edu
608.785.8113

Specialty areas:

Social Psychology

Racism

Social Justice

Diversity

Jose Rubio-Zepeda

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Transfer Retention Specialist
1108 Centennial Hall
jrubiozepeda@uwlax.edu
608.785.8228

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

Antoiwana Williams

Dina Zavala

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Assistant V.Chancellor Div/Affirm A
205D Graff Main Hall
dzavala@uwlax.edu
608.785.5057