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The WellsLink Leadership Program, a program managed by Syracuse University's Office of Multicultural Affairs, is an academic excellence and leadership program for first-year students of color who are not sponsored by any of the university's state or federally-funded programs.

Through a series of structured academic, social and cultural enrichment activities, WellsLink scholars are trained for exceptional success and leadership at Syracuse University. The goal of the program is to give students an "edge" in college.

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On Friday, October 16, 2015, Syracuse University's Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Division of Student Affairs hosted its 12th Annual WellsLink Transitions Ceremony in Hendricks Chapel.

The WellsLink Leadership Program is a nationally recognized academic and leadership excellence program for first-year students. Through structured academic, social, and cultural enrichment activities, WellsLink scholars develop the leadership capital necessary for exceptional success at Syracuse University and beyond. The Transitions Ceremony is a formal ceremony honoring WellsLink Scholars from the previous year who have successfully transitioned to their second-year at Syracuse University.

This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Sonia Nieto. Sonia Nieto, a University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education Professor Emerita, is highly regarded as a leader in multicultural and bilingual education, devoting her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice. Her publications, including Affirming Diversity: the Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (with coauthor Patty Bode), are widely used in teacher preparation and in-service courses throughout the country. She received the Medal of Distinguished Service, the highest honor given by Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2014. Her other awards include the Henry T. Trueba Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she received her Ph.D. from UMass and holds six honorary doctorates. 

Created: 01/12/2015