Based on UWL’s decision to close campus and go to an online class platform for the remainder of the semester, the Office of Multicultural Student Services will have no in-office staff until further notice and will not be accepting any face-to-face appointments or walk-ins. 

Our office building is locked to the public as of March 18. We are currently working on sending our students a message outlining ongoing support for the remainder of the semester. For updated campus information pertaining to COVID-19, please utilize UWL’s COVID-19 homepage. 

We will strive to provide the best service and advocacy to our students and families during this time. In lieu of phone calls, please send an email to with your questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience during this time. Thank you. 

In solidarity, 

OMSS Staff 


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 | Thomas Harris

Hekima Program Coordinator | Jose Rubio-Zepeda

Thomas Harris

Jose Rubio-Zepeda

Jose Rubio-Zepeda  Profile of Jose Rubio-Zepeda  Office hours

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

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