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Connections Mentoring Program

Connections is committed to providing intentional support for first year students of color specifically in their personal, social and academic transitions at DePauw University. As they prepare to navigate the university during their first year, Connections aims to serve as a peer resource and support to assist them on their journey.

Goals

  • Provide academic, personal, and social support for first year students of color
  • Assist students with navigating the college environment and resources
  • Foster relationships between students, faculty, staff, and community members

Who is Eligible?

Connections are geared for students that self-identify as African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, or Multi-Racial/Ethnic backgrounds.

Connections is a voluntary opt in program for those multicultural students interested in having a Mentor and who have filled out the proper paperwork will be assigned one. However, once admitted to the program, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

Connections Mentee Requirement

  • Maintain consistent contact with Connections Mentor
  • Attend events with Connections Mentor
  • Commit at least one semester to the program
  • All Mentees must meet with the Director of Multicultural Student Services If they choose to opt out at the end of the fall semester

Connections Mentor Requirements

  • Contact their assigned students prior to their arrival at DePauw
  • Introduce themselves to student and families on move-in day to establish relationships
  • Attend the Intercultural BBQ during orientation with students in their group
  • Have bi-weekly contact with mentees during the first semester
  • Hold a large student group meeting with your caseload twice a semester
  • Attend orientation and training sessions prior to students arrival
  • Attend monthly Mentor group meeting with Director of Multicultural Student Services
  • Attend monthly one on one meetings with Director of Multicultural Student Services
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA (semester and cumulative)

Examples of Proper Mentorships

  • Connections mentors will write their mentees a welcome letter to give to them when they arrive on campus. They will also call their mentees the week before move-in day.
  • Create welcome bags for incoming mentees, letter should be included in this.
  • Mentors will be required to attend the Intercultural BBQ during Orientation week as well as the Activities Fair. They will also need to touch base with each of their mentees during this time.
  • Build an meaningful support network
    • Introduce first years to upper class students
    • The Connections mentors will be required to have at least one activity in the first week of classes with their mentees (this can be combined or separate). Beyond this, they are required to have contact with them twice a month the first semester (only one of these can be combined). Events can include, though not limited to Intercultural Life events (strongly encouraged), Athletics, Speakers or Study Sessions. These events cannot include alcohol and must not violate any Community Standards.

 

All concerns regarding Connections Mentors or Mentees should be directed to the Director of Multicultural Student Services.