Mentoring is a central part of the success of this program. Students are paired with mentors based on similarities such as professional, academic, or extracurricular interests.
Ideally, first-year students will be matched to upper-class students, and the upper-class students will be matched with faculty, staff, and alumni. It is important for students to be connected to resources based on where they are in their journey. For a first-year student, they are learning to navigate college life and who best to give them tips and tricks than upper-class students? After students have settled into college life, they start thinking about what comes post-college. That is why we pair upper-class students with faculty, staff, and alumni. It is important for students to begin to build their professional network and gain an understanding of the various paths they can take once they earn their degree.
Our connection with alumni, specifically the Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC) was created after conversations with program participants who wanted to see people who looked like them in places they could strive to be professionally. It also fits the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship's lifecycle of a student. Our hope is that by connecting students early to alumni, once they graduate — they too will become active alumni and give back.
Mentoring is what the pair make of it. We encourage at least two to three touch points each quarter, with one being face-to-face or via video call.
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