Wayne State Warrior Vision and Impact Program (VIP)

Wayne State Warrior Vision and Impact Program (VIP)

  • The Wayne State University Warrior Vision and Impact Program (VIP) is a comprehensive student support program and learning community. In partnership with other learning communities and departments across the University, the Warrior VIP ensures students' successful transition into college, fosters their positive engagement in the university setting and prepares students to challenge themselves as leaders beyond graduation.


  • Warrior VIP students are part of a community of learners who thrive intellectually and personally.  With the support of Wayne State University's Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, a skilled team of peer mentors and the generosity of external donors, the Warrior VIP welcomed 76 new students in the 2017/2018 academic year, an additional 136 new students in Fall 2018, and 154 students Fall 2019. We are currently recruiting for the 2020/2021 cohort.


  • Invited Warrior VIP participants include students who may have expressed they would like additional support while at Wayne State. Invited students come from a number of local high schools and may have been suggested by their high school counselors.  Potential Warrior VIP students have displayed leadership skills, want to get involved and are interested in starting their freshman year off strong academically.  The Warrior VIP considers a variety of factors when selecting talented students who have been admitted to WSU to join the learning community. Selected students have demonstrated the potential for leadership and success in college and will receive an invitation by U.S. mail and by email to join the learning community. Students will be notified of their selection during their senior year of high school.


Students who choose to participate in Warrior VIP will start with pre-college workshop sessions.  These sessions are designed to help students get to know each other, the peer mentors of Warrior VIP as well as what the program entails. 

Momentum Summer Experience: This is the last pre-college workshop and is the week prior to classes starting.  This is a weekend and evening pre-college program designed to introduce students to WSU resources and help students establish connections with other incoming students and university faculty and staff during their first week on campus.

The five-day Momentum Summer Experience immerses students in lectures and discussions with faculty and learning specialists to strengthen academic skills and learning strategies during the week prior to the start of the semester. Students establish friendships and begin their first semester with an understanding of their strengths and prepared to leverage resources to make improvements in other areas.

Peer Mentors: Experienced students serve as trusted guides, helping first- and second-year VIP students navigate the new college environment. Peer mentors also help students recognize that many of their anxieties about college life are shared by their peers and that the university has supports in place to ensure that they progress successfully. Incoming freshmen are paired up with a peer mentor during Momentum.  Students who do not particpate in Momentum will be paired up with their peer mentor the first week of classes.

*Many VIP students choose to become peer mentors their 2nd year, because they see this leadership role as an opportunity to support newer students just as they were supported.

First-Year Seminar (FYS) 1010: FYS 1010 Learning with the Brain in Mind is grounded in the science of learning and emphasizes a growth mindset to drive student motivation and achievement. In small class environments, students explore topics such as time-management, wellness, stress-management, diversity, as well as applicable evidence-based learning strategies, all which offer students a solid foundation to succeed both academically and personally. FYS 1010 satisfies the Wayne Experience General Education Requirement.

VIP Panel Discussion and Speaker Series: To support students' career exploration and major selection, the VIP Panel Discussion and Speaker Series introduces students to professionals in a variety of fields and to the wide range of opportunities within industries.

Financial Literacy and Education workshops teach students how to make smart decisions about the dollars they earn and help students stay knowledgeable about credit, budgeting and student loans.

The Warrior VIP Coalition is comprised of student services representatives and program coordinators who meet regularly to make efficient use of university capacities, share resources and best practices and address student concerns. Students who participate in learning communities affiliated with the VIP Coalition benefit from the shared resources and the improved communications that have resulted from the coordinated support of learning community partners.


We are proud of our students' accomplishments!

  • VIP students from the initial 2017 class were retained into their third year at a rate of 80%, compared to 69% for the cohort overall.
  • The retention rate was 82% for VIP students who completed FYS 1010 during their first semester. 
  • The second VIP class was retained at a rate of 80% into their second year, compared to 79% retention for the overall 2018 cohort.


-"Warrior VIP brings out the best in you and they want you to do well in all of your classes. [It] is like a family to me, and I can't wait to make more memories with all of the future mentors and mentees."

- Austin G., VIP Peer Mentor and Second-Year VIP Student


What is your vision for your freshman year in college?

The Warrior VIP team is thrilled to welcome you to Wayne State University. You have been selected to participate in a program designed to help you realize your vision through a series of early support workshops that address some of the typical challenges students face during their transition to college.

As a member of the Vision 2023 class, you will experience all the excitement of life on and around campus as soon as you're admitted. You'll also be able to:

· Receive personalized support through the Academic Success Center and Office of Multicultural Student Engagement.

· Participate in a First Year Seminar (FYS 1010) just for Warrior VIP students.

· Gain early access to important campus resources like the Office of Student Financial Aid, Dean of Students Office and Career Services.

· Gain valuable insight from current students through the Peer Mentors program.


Dates to remember:

· WSU Admitted Student Day/ Warrior VIP Pre-College Workshop Session (Focus on Financial Aid and Scholarships as well as an introduction to VIP), in Bernath at the UGL on February 15, 2020. To sign up for this event, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8EQTIqd8IBrKIszNHDMEE_hk1XLOLf8lYhVldb6PBblMbgg/viewform

· Warrior VIP will host the Toronto/ Montreal Experience March 7, 2020-March 14, 2020. Interested students registered for PS 4990, a Directed Study taught by Dr. Ronald Brown. Through this experience, students will gain a better comparative understanding of their role of as citizens, federalism, civil rights, and foreign policy.

Central to the course is the exploration of what role everyday people can play in the political process and how change is made through informed participation. Comparative study with our close Canadian neighbor will broaden perspectives of advanced industrial democracy. Site visits during the travel component in Toronto may include the CN Tower, Casa Loma, St. Lawrence Market, sites significant to transportation and learn about the Indigenous people of Canada . Check out our Warrior VIP Toronto blog from March 2019:



· Warrior VIP info session: "What does diversity and leadership look like on WSU campus?", on April 24, 2020. (Link to be added as we approach the date)

· Momentum Summer Experience in Atchison Hall from August 16, 2020-August 21, 2020. (Link to be added as we approach the date)

· Warrior VIP orientation dates: May 9, 2020, May 30, 2020, and June 24, 2020. (Please note you may attend any orientation date, but it is helpful if you can attend one of these dates).


Current Warrior VIP Students:

· Warrior VIP has teamed up with the Academic Success Center to offer students personalized tutoring sessions for those taking BIO 1510. This service is offered through Warrior VIP and it is exclusively for Warrior VIP mentees. These sessions are offered every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 PM starting January 29, 2020. They take place in the ASC Commons, which is the open space behind the Warrior VIP office.


Questions or interested in participating with Warrior VIP?

Please contact:

· Warrior VIP Program Coordinator: Kenya Swanson at ae4082@wayne.edu, 313-577-3224 or email https://success.wayne.edu/warrior-vip

· DTE/NAACP Lewis Latimer Learning Community Coordinator: Dwight Mcdonald at el7643@wayne.edu or 313-577-9181


Frequently asked questions:

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What if a Warrior VIP student is also participating in another learning community?

Many students are eligible to participate in more than one learning community and choose to do so. In these cases, the communities' coordinators work closely together to ensure that the student benefits from membership in both and is not overwhelmed by working to meet requirements. For some students, the expectations of an additional learning community provide the customized, coordinated care that proves valuable for their success.

How will students be invited to participate in Warrior VIP?

The Warrior VIP considers a variety of factors when selecting talented students who have been admitted to WSU to join the learning community. Selected students have demonstrated the potential for leadership and success in college and will receive an invitation by U.S. mail and by email to join the learning community. Students will be notified of their selection during their senior year of high school.

How will this program impact students' work with an academic advisor?

The intent of Warrior VIP is to help students establish strong ties with WSU prior to starting classes in the fall and to help them build their skills and networks through graduation. To do that, it is important that students meet regularly with their academic advisor. Like other WSU students, Warrior VIP students will be matched with an academic advisor in their department if they've declared a major or with an advisor in the University Advising Center if they have not yet declared a major.

Can students be referred to the program?

Warrior VIP participants are selected during the academic year prior to their first fall semester and must be considered based on the program's selection criteria. To refer a student to Warrior VIP, please contact the Program Coordinator, Kenya Swanson at ae4082@wayne.edu. Students may also elect to participate in Warrior VIP at any point during the semester.