“A mentor is a kind of guide, who, despite having been far enough to know something of what’s down the path,comes back to walk with you, and thus leads without leaving you to follow.” -BOYD (1988)
According to research conducted on college campuses nationwide, students often experience feelings of alienation and loneliness as they adjust to their new environments. Surveys of student experiences at LHU support these findings. As a result, the Center for Excellence and Inclusion has implemented a peer mentoring initiative. The Student Mentoring Program is designed to assist students in successfully navigating LHU. This includes connecting program participants with support services that have been provided for them, and the knowledge of how to access them.
The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ chances of academic success and to create a sense of belonging at the university. To facilitate this process, each entering first-year (mentee) is paired with an upper-class peer mentor. The CEI works with various campus entities to make Mentor/ Mentee assignments. Assignments are generally maintained throughout the student’s first semester at LHU. However, if mentor and mentee pairings are incompatible, students can be reassigned. Mentors are informed of their responsibilities through a pre-service training program. Meetings are conducted with mentors occasionally throughout the program to identify problems and address concerns. To determine program effectiveness and to make improvements mentors and mentees are asked to evaluate the program by completing a brief questionnaire at the end of the mentoring program.
- To provide students with a continuing orientation to the university and community life
- To help students connect with other students and resources at LHU
- To offer students a variety of support mechanisms
- To help students gain understanding or themselves and develop leadership skills that will help them progress at LHU
Through a mentoring relationship with an upper-class student, first-year students (Mentees) will…
- ease their transitional experience to LHU
- make connections academically and socially at Lock Haven
- receive direct support from another student
Through a mentoring relationship with a new student, Mentors will
- learn how to appropriately maintain and manage a mentoring relationship
- further engage with their own college experience through helping and guiding their mentees through theirs