Diversity Center Friends

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 Friends mentoring program.  This mentoring program is structured to help low socioeconomic status, first-generation, and underrepresented students navigate through their college experience to commencement.

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Who are Diversity Center Friends?

Diversity Center Friends are 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 Friends 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?

The Diversity Center Friends mentoring program is geared towards supporting low socioeconomic status, first-generation, and underrepresented students, however all admitted and enrolled Gustavus students are welcome to apply.  

As a mentee, you are required to:

  • Be an admitted and enrolled Gustavus student
  • Attend program in-services that help promote academic and professional development
  • Be an active participate in Diversity Center programs
  • Be available once a month to meet with and spend time with your mentor.

Registration is held annually from April until September. Please check for the application form at that time.

How do I get involved as a Peer Mentor or Success Coach?

To become a Peer Mentor, you must:

  • Be a Gustavus Junior, Senior, or recent college graduate with less than 2 years professional experience post graduation
          -If you are a current student, you must be in good academic standing and maintain a GPA of 2.75+ throughout the program
  • Be an active participate in Diversity Center programs and engage in campus activities
  • Display leadership skills and serve as a role model to your mentee(s)
  • Have an interest in supporting, mentoring and developing future leaders
  • Be familiar with campus resources and opportunities (additional training will be provided)
  • Be available once a month to meet with and spend time with your mentee(s)

If you are interested and meet the above criteria, please complete the online application here.

To become a Success Coach, you must:

  • Be a member of the Gustavus community (faculty, staff, administrators, or alum with 2+ years professional experience post graduation)
  • Display leadership skills and serve as a role model to your mentee(s)
  • Have an interest in supporting, mentoring and developing future leaders
  • Help educate mentees about campus resources and opportunities (additional training will be provided)
  • Be available once a month to meet with and spend time with your mentee(s).
          -If you are an alum, you must be available to talk and communicate with your mentee(s) at least once a month

If you are interested and meet the above criteria, please complete the online application here

 

For more information about the Diversity Center Friends mentoring program, please contact Kenneth Reid, Assistant Director of the Diversity Center, at (507) 933-7449 or via email at Kenneth.Reid@gustavus.edu.