Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives

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Leatherneck Success Team

The Leatherneck Success Team (LST) is a peer-to-peer resource and mentoring for students. The team consists of a group of Western Illinois University students who have a passion for mentoring fellow students. LST members are available four days a week to meet with their peers to discuss a variety of different topics including, but not limited to:

  • Time Management, organization, and prioritization
  • Developing a study plan
  • Learning new ways to study and take notes
  • Navigating syllabi
  • Talking to professors
  • Discovering campus resources
  • Geting involved
  • Finding a quiet place to study / a study partner
  • Much more


The overall goal of LST is to aid in the academic and success skill development of fellow Leathernecks.

Mentorships and Connections

The Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives is proud to offer a number of resources and additional ways to find connections, mentors, and assistance to students. Both the Building Connections Mentorship program and the Leatherneck Success Team offer fantastic ways for students to find additional people on campus who are focused on and committed to their success.   

Building Connections Student Mentorship Program

The Building Connections Mentorship program focuses on assisting students in their transition to Western Illinois University. Students are paired with faculty and staff members who facilitate individual meetings to discuss campus connections, resources, and more. 

Students taking University 100 will automatically be paired with a Building Connections Mentor. Any student may sign up for a Building Connections Mentor by clicking here and completing the request form.

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Leatherneck Success Team

Assistance Hours Fall 2019

Free peer mentoring and academic skill Development

Thompson Student Success Center

Thompson Hall 209 & 210
Monday - Thursday | 4PM - 6PM

Lincoln-Washington Student Success Center

Lincoln Hall 106 & 107
Monday - Thursday | 4PM - 6PM

Meet the LST Members

Ayanna Garcia, Leatherneck Success Team

Ayanna Garcia
Major: Health Services Management
Class: Senior
Involvement: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc
Fave: My favorite thing about WIU is it's diverse group of students who come from different cultures and backgrounds but work together to achieve the common goal of graduating. WIU has so many resources for students to network and connect, and that's why I look forward to coming back year after year, excited to see the new and old faces and make more great WIU memories.

Christopher Gibson, Leatherneck Success Team

Christopher Gibson
Major: Accountancy
Class: Junior

Derek Lahey, Leatherneck Success Team

Derek Lahey
Major: Supply Chain Management
Class: Senior
Involvement: Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Peer Mentor, Inter-Hall Council
Fave: I am a graduating senior who has been involved in a lot of things here on campus. If you need help finding ways to get involved or just managing your time, then I would love to help!

Bianca Reyes, Leatherneck Success Team

Bianca Reyes
Major: Political Science
Class: Senior
Fave: My favorite things about WIU is the diversity on campus because it allows people to learn and grow from one another. My second favorite thing is the leadership opportunities that WIU offers; there is an opportunity for everyone and anyone on campus!

Nathan Simon, Leatherneck Success Team

Nathan Simon
Major: LEJA
Class: Senior
Fave: My favorite thing at WIU is the wide range of organizations to get involved in. I'm currently involved with Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Leatherneck Success Team and the Centennial Honors College. I've also spent time in Inter-Hall Council and Student Government Association.

Tea Wheat, Leatherneck Success Team

Tea Wheat
Major: Elementary Education
Class: Senior
Involvement: Resident Assistant, Western Courier Writer, National Residence Hall Honorary, Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Centennial Honors College, University Conduct Board, IRHA 2020 Host Institution Conference Board
Fave: My favorite thing about WIU is the welcoming community and amazing people! I also am so thankful for all of the opportunities that WIU has given me!

Student Success Tools and Development

A large part of being successful is knowing where to find important information. The following list overviews some of the common resource and tools students may find helpful.

Upcoming Events


Please contact the Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives for questions or scheduling LST to present to your student organization or class.
Seal Hall 101
(309) 298-2436