Office of Minority Student Affairs
Mentoring and Program Services
Academic mentoring services are offered to targeted students (e.g., first year EOP and PAP). Graduate Mentors (GMs) receive training prior to mentoring students. Mentors are not academic advisors but work with academic advisors to ensure student success. GM's are assigned to students before classes begin. Students are introduced to their GM's and to other academic support and retention services at a special seminar focused on student success before classes begin. Even when a student is excelling academically, the GM is there to help students reach beyond their coursework to experience all the University has to offer.
We envision a culture of student excellence where participating students achieve their full academic potential and where mentoring services contribute to retention, persistence, and timely graduation in 4-5 years. To fulfill this vision, mentors will collaborate with academic advisors and other campus personnel to conduct meaningful mentoring experiences.
The program mission is to deliver world-class and empirically-based academic mentoring services that enable the University to fulfill its mission of student excellence, retention, and timely graduation.
Mentoring services are designed to retain students and to provide them with sufficient academic skills that will ensure their timely graduation by:
Mentoring services include, for example:
Students eligible to participate in the Academic Mentoring Program are:
Other students (e.g., transfer, probation, RISE, Illinois Promise) may request an academic mentor as space allows. Because of budget limitations, mentoring for students after their second year is limited to students with the most need. College Liaisons may recommend students at any level for participation with approval from the Associate Dean/Director or designee.
As a result of participating in the Academic Mentoring Program, students will be able to:
Wallace Southerland III, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director
Mara Freeman, M.B.A., C.A.S., Assistant Director
Desiree McMillion, Lead Graduate Mentor
Brett Grant, Lead Graduate Mentor