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Mentors are particularly helpful for students coming from a different geographical area (such as a big city), a different cultural background or country, and for first-generation college students. It's a great opportunity for students to connect with others who have similar backgrounds.

Become a mentor or sign up for a mentor.

What does a mentor do?

Mentors provide a familiar face and an attentive ear to newcomers on campus. Your mentor will contact you the summer before classes begin and meet with you during Welcome Week. Then you'll set up weekly meetings to offer guidance on social issues and ways to handle the challenging transition from family life to college life. Your mentor will be there if you have questions, and will touch base with you informally many times throughout the week.

How are mentors and mentees matched?

Matches vary each year depending on the variety of incoming and transfer students signing up to be mentored. Generally, students are matched by age, area of study, extracurricular involvement, first-generation college experience, gender expression and sexual orientation, geographic origin, international status, race or ethnicity, religion or spirituality.

How are mentors selected and trained?

Mentoring is a paid position that is both fulfilling and rewarding. However, it demands a high level of commitment and responsibility. Mentors are selected based on personal qualities, two recommendations, a personal interview and a paid training process. Mentors participate in bi-weekly training sessions with with staff from the Counseling Center and the public safety, community standards, chaplain's and residence life offices. In addition, all Mentors take Social Justice Leadership, which further embeds the training and underpinnings of mentoring.

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