Merze Tate College exists to help our students envision the future, embrace their potential and discover their purpose. Like guideposts on a map, the offices and services within this college equip students with invaluable resources, skills, knowledge and connections that will help guide them on the path toward success. All explorers start somewhere—and that place is Merze Tate College.
About Merze Tate College
Dr. Merze Tate
Dr. Merze Tate had big dreams, and while she might not have known how she was going to get there yet, she was willing to embrace the unknown, believe in herself, explore uncharted paths and lean on her community of supporters to help guide her along every step of the way.
Merze Tate College is a place where it's "okay not to know yet," because we're here to help you figure it out. Merze Tate College is a place where students who feel uncertain, are exploring or just need a little extra support can feel like they belong. Merze Tate College is their home base—and we're here to help them chart their course.
Inspired by our namesake, Merze Tate College aims to collaboratively empower every student to reach their highest potential and provide them with ways to seize success, thrive in all dimensions of their well-being and lay the foundation for a prosperous future.
As a first-generation student and Black woman who pursued her purpose and thrived against adversity with the benefit of individualized help from Western faculty and staff, Merze Tate College is committed to honoring her legacy by providing the same guidance and support to our students today that President Waldo gave her nearly 100 years ago.
Tate's life was dedicated to letting students know that they had value, there was a place for them in the world and they should go out and discover it.
Sonya Bernard-Hollins, Founder of the Merze Tate Explorers