William E. Edwards Academic College Tours, Inc. (WEE-ACT) was founded in 1986. After returning from Shaw University (oldest Historical Black College in the South), Angela L. Edwards and her dad realized there was a lack of knowledge in the Fairfield County region about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
After taking a poll among 50 high school junior and seniors, they discovered that the students were familiar with one-fourth of the HBCU institutions.
Through one of Stamford’s social service agency, Ms. Edwards was able to offer the first HBCU college tour to over 40 high school students.
WEE-ACT to inspire and educate youth and their parents by taking them on tours of HBCU where they discover firsthand the rich opportunities that are available to them in higher education.
WEE-ACT’s goal is to close the achievement gap between low-income, predominately minority students and their more affluent peers, by introducing these middle and high school students to colleges and institutions of higher learning with a proud history of welcoming and serving diverse populations.
WEE-ACT’s success is measured by the number of tour participants who continue to and complete post-secondary education. It is also measured by parent and student surveys administered after the tours, by requests to participate in the annual tours by youth agencies and school districts surrounding Stanford, and by the testimonials given every year by college graduates who participated in the tours and honored at our fundraising Annual Awards Dinner.