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Students of Color Academic Coaching

Young Men and Women of Color Event Come Join The Students Of Color!

The Students of Color Initiative at MassBay is designed to increase the enrollment, recruitment, retention and success rates of students of color at the college. The program is designed to assist students with their college experience and facilitate their journey toward achieving their academic, personal and professional goals. Students of Color members along with Walgler “WaWa” Charles, Students of Color Academic Coach, and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Lynn Moore meet regularly for one-on-one coaching as well as monthly meeting groups to assure that students are aware of, and take advantage of, the opportunities and support services offered at MassBay.

What We Do

The Students of Color program has implemented an outreach program that includes mentoring, coaching, support programs, and workshops including but not limited to topics surrounding race & identity, mental health and transfer workshops, yoga, motivational speakers and much more. The students receive invaluable support as they adapt to experiencing a college community, navigating college life, and taking charge of their learning.
To fill out the Membership Application, download it, then open it. You will then be able to type into the form. Please email the completed form to

Students of Color Brochure →

Students of Color Membership Application →

Social Media

You can follow Students of Color on IG @students_of_color for upcoming workshops and past events. We are located in room 111A on the Wellesley Hills campus.

Campus Events

Black History Month 2021 — Events Flyer →

Together Tuesday



October 26, 2021 | Recording of discussion on Webex
Dr. Lynn S. Moore, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Student of Color Program, interviews newly-elected SGA President, Anthony Neptune.
SGA President Neptune introduces himself to the MassBay community, discusses his personal, professional, academic goals and the collaborative leadership skills he plans on using in the role of SGA President. Again, we want to welcome Anthony Neptune



Students Of Color | Program History


Thomas Niemi Interviews Dr. Lynn Moore



October 8, 2021 | Video of interview
Business Academy Professor and Mentor Thomas Niemi interviews Dr. Lynn Moore about how he developed the Students Of Color program, which offers academic and social support to MassBay students.



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“Why wouldn’t you?” with Walgler (WaWa) Charles & Amy Letteny



April 22, 2021 | Recording of discussion on Webex
Walgler (WaWa) Charles, MassBay Student of Color Coach (and M.Ed. Candidate Class of 2021) speaks about MassBay Scholarships with Amy Letteny, MassBay Development Officer, Foundation Relations.



Black History Month 2021


“Life Balance” with Warren Isaak Reid & Najoh Tita Reid and our moderator, President Dr. David Podell



February 9, 2021 | Recording of Life Balance Panel discussion on Webex
A discussion on ways to balance work, life, and developing your networking skills.



Learn More About the COVIC-19 Vaccine



February 16, 2021 | Recording of COVID-19 Vaccine Panel discussion on Webex
Are you hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine? H.R. Melchor, an Engineer who developed the packaging for the vaccine as well as our own Andrea Bresnahan from the nursing department here to debunk any myths you have about the vaccine.



STEM Professionals of Color Career Panel



February 23, 2021 | Recording of STEM Professionals of Color Career Panel discussion on Webex
Listen to some STEM professionals of color walk you through their careers and stories from engineering to a drug discovery project.



Paint Night with MassBay

February 25, 2021 | Paint Night, hosted by MassBay Student Government Association
Participants had a chance to tap into the artist within.


When we are back on campus:

Silent Headphones Party
Our celebration was a success with the help of mysilentdance party!  Students, staff and faculty got a chance to unwind with their own pair of headsets, which changed color and provided different genres of music through a pair of wireless headphones.

Hip-hop dance team from Cambridge, known as Crewnex performed a fresh freestyle hip-hop dance performance in honor of Black History Month!

Wakanda Cultural Event
Students, staff and faculty were able to bring in traditional wear, instruments, food and art work from their own cultures to educate others at our Wakanda Cultural Event!

Public Speaking Workshop
Students participated in interactive activities that both challenged and decreased their fears of public speaking with influential speaker, thought leader, and Founder of TriUmph, a professional development and leadership coaching company, Kurt Faustin.

Transfer Workshop
Sometimes learning how to transfer can be tricky. However, with the help of our Academic & Transfer Advising Coordinator, Karen Akukwe, students were able to gain some insight on how to better plan and understand the transfer process.

Stretch Out The Stress
Finals can be stressful, but learning how to manage it and take a break makes all the difference. Director of Equity Compliance, Lisa Macdonald was able to show students and staff different ways to relieve some stress after learning new breathing techniques and understanding how meditation works.