Mentoring for Student Success

The Diversity Center is committed to retaining our diverse, historically underrepresented students and supporting them throughout their academic career at Gustavus.  The center helps accomplish this goal through a number of programs and initiatives including the Diversity Center Mentoring Program.  This mentoring program is structured to help low socioeconomic status, first-generation, and underrepresented students navigate through their college experience to commencement.

What are possible roles in the Diversity Center Mentoring Program?

The Diversity Center Mentoring Program has a group of individuals who are committed to sharing the skills and knowledge that is necessary to be a successful student at Gustavus. Interested individuals can participate in the program by registering as a: 

  • Mentee - 1st or 2nd year students who have a desire in being supported throughout their academic career at Gustavus.
  • Peer Mentor - Students who volunteer their time to share their knowledge, experiences, skills, and leadership abilities to help 1st year and 2nd year students. These individuals are typically Juniors, Seniors, or recent Gustavus graduates (less than 2 years).
  • Success Coach - Faculty, staff, administrators, and alum (2+ years) who commit their time mentoring, advising, and cultivating Junior and Senior year students to enter the workforce. They accomplish this through career preparation, academic advising, and life-coaching.

What are the desired outcomes of the Diversity Center Mentoring Program?

The Diversity Center strives to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improve retention rate of low socioeconomic status, first generation, and underrepresented students.
  • Develop a campus community that exudes an Ubuntu belief, the South African proverb that believes “I am because we are.”
  • Connect students with peers, faculty, staff, administrators, and alum who intentionally mentor students towards academic excellence through academic advising, support, and encouragement.
  • Create an environment where students find affinity with one another and have a sense of community.
  • Educate students about campus resources and opportunities that will help them graduate and achieve personal success.

How do I sign up to become Mentee?

For more information about becoming a mentee in the Diversity Center's Mentoring Program, please click here.

How do I sign up to become Peer Mentor or Sucess Coach?

If you would like to become a peer mentor or success coach, please click here.


For more information about the Diversity Center Mentoring Program, please contact Kenneth Reid, Assistant Director of the Diversity Center, at (507) 933-7449 or via email at