Remember way back when you were an undergrad? Do you ever wonder how minority students are doing at the UR? Can you commit a few hours a month to talking to 1 or 2 undergraduates about how they are doing, and reminding them that not only is getting a degree doable, but there is also much more on the horizon?
If you have the interest and the time, please join graduate students of color from across the schools of ASE (Arts, Sciences, and Engineering), Simon (School of Business), Warner (School of Education), and the Medical Center in the PIPELINE PROJECT Graduate/Undergraduate Mentoring Program (Link to Description Here).
Expectations of Mentors: A mentor provides a listening ear and general advice based on personal experiences. You will not be expected to be an expert, tutor, or therapist. Staff in the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity provide undergrads with academic and other support.
Time Commitment: Mentors should expect to devote 2-3 hours per month to mentees each semester.
Who are the Mentees: Black, Latino, and first-generation underclassmen who are interested in having a mentor, or who are recommended by an academic advisor, as well as seniors who have specifically requested a mentor.
Mentoring Outings/Ideas: Share a meal or cup of coffee, invite students to your school or department, Skype or talk on Facebook or other social media. Discuss your undergraduate years, listen to students, talk about their plans for after graduation. Help mentees put their own experiences into context by sharing any mistakes you may have made as an undergrad or by helping them think through their own circumstances. Play a sport or attend a sporting event (ice skating and bowling are good winter sports in the Roc). Plan an outing with other Pipeline Project mentor pairs. Above all, have fun. The objective is simply to help students see that there is life after undergrad, and that they, too, can make it.