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Cynthia and George Nichols III ISEC Academy



Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) Academy is a Western Kentucky University initiative/program to assist students that identify as students of color (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Multiracial) and/or who are first generation, Pell eligible, and have some need with their transition, persistence, and graduation from Western Kentucky University.  This program is coordinated by the Intercultural Student Engagement Center.  We believe that students of color at Western Kentucky University are scholars who will achieve positive change in themselves, the WKU Community, and the world!


Students and parents/guardians participate in a welcoming ceremony followed by informational sessions for ISEC Academy Orientation before M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan. After families depart, students will participate in several activities to prepare them for a successful year. 

ISEC Classroom

Many ISEC Academy students enroll in two courses in which they learn together and build community in the classroom. These courses include University Experience and English 100. 


Academy students stay in Minton Hall as part of their Living Learning Community. They participate in events within their hall and attend events together. 


Components of ISEC Academy

The primary components of the ISEC-Academy include peer mentoring and a living learning community for our  students of color. Through our program students will have the opportunities for transformation related to personal development, academic engagement, culture and diversity, a support network and involvement. Our peer mentors (Navigators) are:

  • Diverse in terms of majors, social identities, and experiences.
  • Equipped to support new students in transitions, campus involvement, development of goals, and the Western Kentucky University experience.

Our living learning community located in Minton Hall for (first-year students) and Munday Hall (2nd-year students), builds a sense of belonging to Western Kentucky University, forms a support network and begins creating the student’s college experience. In addition, students will enroll in two courses together: University experience and English 100 during their first year. 

To learn more about ISEC-Academy or apply click this link , please feel free to contact Cres'Sena Thomas at 270.745.5066 or by email at cressena.thomas@wku.edu





Cynthia & George Nichols III ISEC Academy

Learn more about the Cynthia & George Nichols III ISEC Academy in this View from the HIll. 


View from the Hill is a weekly news segment that airs Thursdays on WBKO to share happenings at Western Kentucky University. In this video, which aired on September 6, 2018, Executive Director Dr. Martha Sales discusses the Center and Academy and WKU students ellaborate on their experiences. 

View from the Hill -Connecting with students is key for the Intercultural Student Engagement Center Video Preview




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