Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support
The UCM Mentorship Program pairs upper-class and graduate student mentors with first-year students from populations that have been traditionally under-represented in higher education. The program is aimed at providing the participants a supported and informed transition to college life and to provide guidance for them to become successful students and contributing members of the campus community.
Components of Mentorship Program
The program assists students (primarily recipients of Cesar Chavez and MLK Freedom scholarships; and Kauffman Scholars) in:
• Adjusting to college life
• Learning the campus culture
• Engaging in their academic and extracurricular endeavors
Each student will be assigned one mentor who will provide guidance and direction toward campus resources including:
• Financial aid
• Scholarship opportunities
• Academic advising
• Academic enrichment programs
• Athletic events
• Campus activities
• Student organizations
• University housing
• Employment opportunities on campus
Why become a Mentor?
Mentors will be able to:
• Assist new students in transition from high school to UCM
• Be a trusted source of guidance and informed support
• Gain knowledge about academic and co-curricular opportunities for students
• Provide guidance on student success for a student’s time at UCM
What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is an upper-class or graduate student from the College Student Personnel Administration program at UCM who will meet one-on-one and serve as a role model, support system and resource agent.
What can a Mentor help me with?
• Transition from high school to UCM
• Orient to and understand campus resources
• Getting involved on campus
• Meet new people
• Tips on how to be academically successful
What will I (the Mentee) be expected to do?
The type of relationship that you and your Mentor will have is up to the two of you. In your first meeting, you and your mentor will talk about what you would like out of the mentor/mentee relationship. Both of you will discussion your interests and the best way to stay in contact. It is from here that both of you will decide what works best for you.