Center for Diversity and Inclusion

TRU Self Program

TRU Self is an enrichment program designed to support historically underrepresented students entering Truman State University. The program provides students with an opportunity to get established, make some friends, and learn what they need to do to be successful at college.

Qualifying TRU Self scholars apply to be enrolled in the program the summer before their first year at Truman.
In addition to the opportunity to get acclimated to life on a college campus prior to the start of classes, TRU Self scholars are enrolled in a year-long mentoring program with upperclassmen.
The program helps prepare students mentally and socially for college-level work, providing insights on academic success strategies at a highly selective university.

How Can I Benefit?


  • Gain a greater awareness of self and college by engaging in academically and socially stimulating workshops.
  • Develop a “personal success plan” with strategies for overcoming common first-year challenges.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to connect with departments, staff, and faculty on a more personal level.
  • Connect with notable Truman State alumni of color.
  • Explore Kirksville and the Truman campus, learning about resources available to you.
  • Build lasting connections and friendships.
  • Enroll in a year-long mentoring program with upperclassmen focused on building academic and social capital.

2023 Schedule

TRU Self scholars arrive on campus prior to the traditional move-in date and participate in a four-day program that allows them to explore campus and the community, as well as learn about resources to aid in their success at the college level.

Saturday, August 12—Tuesday, August 15

11:00 am – 3:00 pmBH 112Arrival and Check-In
3:30 – 4:30 pmMG 2001Family Reception
5:00 – 6:00 pmRyle HallIntroductions and Dinner
6:00 – 7:30 pmRyle Hall LoungeIce Breakers and Fun
9:00 – 10:30 pmUniversity FarmS’mores and Stargazing

8:30 – 9:45 amBH 109Peer Mentor Led Dialogue
10:00 – 11:30 amDiner 54Brunch
12:30 am – 3:30 pmDay on the Town Tour
3:30 – 5:00 pmThousand HillsMentor’s Choice Activity
5:00 – 6:00 pmRyle HallDinner
6:30 – 8:00 pmStokes StadiumMinute to Win It!

8:00 – 8:45 amRyle HallBreakfast
9:30 am – 11:00 amCareer CenterWorkshop w/ the Career Center
11:30 am – 12:45 pmRyle HallUniversity Counseling Services Chat
1:00 – 2:30 pmBH 109Campus Tour
3:00 – 4:00 pmQuadPeer Mentor Dialogue
5:00 – 7:00 pmDinner at the President’s House
9:00 – 10:30 pmQuadMovie Night

8:00 – 8:45 amRyleBreakfast
9:00 – 11:00 amBH 112
Habits of Success Workshop
Library Museum Activity
11:00 – 11:45 amBreak
11:45 am – 12:45 pmRyle HallLunch
12:45 – 2:00 pmSUB Down UnderMix and Mingle w/ Faculty
2:00 – 3:00 pmMG 1000Identity Development in College
3:00 – 5:00 pmEscape RoomFinal Hoorah/Escape Room
5:00 – 6:30 pmKababeshDinner in Town
7:00 – 8:00 pmBH 111Final Wrap Up and Chat

Meet the Mentors!

Current Student, Tai Woods - Sophomore

Tai Woods, Sophomore

Tai is a sophomore, Psychology major, from St. Louis, MO. Tai is a member of the Student Activities Board, TruSisters, and Association of Black Collegians.

Thomas Spaulding, Sophomore

Thomas is a sophomore, Business Administration major, from Chicago, IL. Thomas a member of the football team and Association of Black Collegians (ABC).

Alia Allison, Sophomore

Alia is a sophomore, English/Pre-MAE major, from Buffalo, MO. Alia a member of Alpha Sigma Gamma and TSUnami Women's Ultimate Frisbee.

Zae Crenshaw, Sophomore

Zae is a sophomore, Chemistry major, from St. Louis, MO. Zae is an executive member of Association of Black Collegians and Alpha Chi Sigma. Zae was also part of the TRUSelf cohort last year.

Kenny Damper, Senior

Kenny is a Biology & Environmental Studies major from St. Louis, MO. Kenny is a member of the Association of Black Collegians, McNair, and Jazz Band.

Jessie Philips, Sophomore

Jessie is a sophomore, Political Science & International Relations major, from Kansas City, MO. Jessie participates in Speech and Debate, Association of Black Collegians (ABC), Student Government, Delta Zeta, Political Science Student Association (PSSA).

Have questions?

For more information about the TRU Self Program, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion,, (660) 785-4142.