First Year Mentoring Program

Mentoring for Student Success

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Program Objectives

  • To improve retention of historically underserved students at Gustavus.
  • To bring faculty, staff, and returning students together with incoming students to mentor intentionally for academic excellence and personal success through academic advising, support, and encouragement.
  • To create a cohesive group in which historically underrepresented students and their mentors can discuss the challenges of and strategize about approaches to learning and living on a majority white campus.
  • To inform students about the many resources and opportunities available to them at Gustavus as they strive for success in the classroom and fulfillment of their personal goals, talents, and dreams for the future.
  • To foster discussion, collaboration and ongoing engagement across racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural differences and boundaries.
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Monthly Enhancement Workshops

MONTH

TOPIC

DATE

LOCATION

March

FAFSA and Registration Advising

March 6, 4 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Lounge

March

All About Money!

March 20, 4 p.m.

President’s Dining Room

April

Relaxation & End of Year Checkout

April 24, 4 p.m.

The Dive

May

Group Experience

May 17, 1–4 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Lounge