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Social Change

Sista Sista

The Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program was created to solve two different problems. Tomara Dorsey wanted to create a program through the Department of Social Change at The Ohio State University that focused on uplifting and supporting Black Women. Teneeyah Hale wanted to develop a mentoring program for current students at her alma mater, Northland High School. When they expressed to each other what they aspired to create, they decided to come together and the Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program was born. Bringing their visions together put the missing pieces of each others’ ideas. Since Ms. Dorsey was already a Social Change Ambassador, her connection to the department was able to open doors when it came to funding and Ohio State University support. Ms. Hale’s connections both personally and professionally to the students and administration at Northland High School provided a promising site for this initiative to be launched. Together Ms. Dorsey and Ms. Hale contributed the necessary pieces to start and lead the Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program in 2019.


The mission of the Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program is to bring passionate Black women student leaders from Ohio State University to mentor young Black women in Columbus City Schools to foster a community dedicated to understanding and improving the many lived experiences of Black women students. 


 We hope that both our mentors and mentees grow in their understanding of who they are to define what being a Black woman is to themselves and feel empowered to educate and fight for equitable resources for the next generation.


The Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program has one overall goal:

To create a long-term mentoring experience that cultivates and strengthens the connection between Black women to continue to improve our personal, professional, and emotional success.

The Sista Sista Peer Mentoring Program is centered around five pillars to reach the program goal. Programming curriculum falls under these pillars of focus:

  1. Help develop and navigate pathways to higher education
  2. Promote a greater sense of unity among Black women 
  3. Improve each woman’s sense of identity and self-worth
  4. Critically think about society and ways to improve the communities that we live in 
  5. Turn our experiences into passion to lead change in the spaces we move through


Location Address Distance driving from OSU Distance walking from OSU Distance taking the bus from OSU
Northland High School 1919 Northcliff Columbus, OH 43229 8.03 miles (20 minutes) 7.04 miles (142 minutes) 8.58 miles (57 minutes)