The Transforming and Impacting Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education (TRIUMPH) is a student focused action program addressing challenges that male students of color face as they navigate college academically and socially. The goal is to establish trust in order for them to tell their story and triumph towards success. The TRIUMPH Program for Male students of color empowers students by providing increased academic, personal and professional support through mentoring and other services.

TRIUMPH students are called scholars. Each scholar will be paired with a mentor either from the community or from Waubonsee faculty/staff. They are required to spend one hour per week engaging with their mentor. All scholars are issued a journal to document their continued growth in and outside of the program. The goal is to help male students of color realize and understand their potential and goals despite perceived social and cultural barriers. Students are invited to workshops that discuss topics such as time management, conflict resolution, financial literacy and much more.

TRIUMPH and Surge Induction Ceremony

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TRIUMPH (Transforming and Inspiring Undergraduate Men Pursuing Higher Education) program is a minority male retention program, designed to increase the number of minority males graduating from college by providing increased student services, academic support, service learning projects, community service projects and mentoring.


  • Waubonsee Community College Male Student of color (those who may identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African, Arab/Middle Eastern, Latino, and/or Native/Indigenous heritage).
  • Enrolled in a Minimum of 6 College Credit Hours or GED student.
  • Be in good Standing with the College.

Interested in TRIUMPH?

Fill out the form below to learn more about TRIUMPH:

Become A Member

If you are interested in joining the next cohort of scholars, please fill out the application:

TRIUMPH Application

If you have any questions about applying, please contact:

Marleigha Evans, Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

TRIUMPH Program Video
TRIUMPH Feature: Kenyon Helm

Read more about how Triumph has helped our students succeed.

Nicolas Nunez

Waubonsee was really good at introducing you to different classes so you know what you like and don't like. Overall, it shapes you as a person.

Nicolas' Story
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It’s a good way to experience relationships.

Kenyon's Story

Become a Mentor

Want to help others within the TRIUMPH program? Apply to become a mentor.


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For more information on joining the TRIUMPH program, contact Marleigha Evans at or