The MAPS Mentorship Program pairs upper-class and graduate student mentors, as well as faculty and staff, with first-year students from populations that have been traditionally under-represented in higher education, primarily recipients of Cesar Chavez and MLK Freedom scholarships; and Kauffman Scholars. The program is aimed at providing the participants a supported and informed transition to college life and to provide guidance for them to become successful students and contributing members of the campus community.
Components of Mentorship Program
The program assists students in:
• Adjusting to college life
• Learning the campus culture
• Engaging in their academic and extracurricular endeavors
Each student will be assigned one mentor who will provide guidance and direction toward campus resources including:
• Financial aid
• Scholarship opportunities
• Academic advising
• Academic enrichment programs
• Athletic events
• Campus activities
• Student organizations
• University housing
• Employment opportunities on campus
Why become a Mentor?
Mentors will be able to:
• Assist new students in transition from high school to UCM
• Be a trusted source of guidance and informed support
• Gain knowledge about academic and co-curricular opportunities for students
• Provide guidance on student success for a student’s time at UCM
What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is an upper-class or graduate student from the College Student Personnel Administration program at UCM, or a UCM faculty or staff person, who will meet one-on-one and serve as a role model, support system and resource agent.
What can a Mentor help me with?
• Transition from high school to UCM
• Orient to and understand campus resources
• Getting involved on campus
• Meet new people
• Tips on how to be academically successful
What will I (the Mentee) be expected to do?
The type of relationship that you and your Mentor will have is up to the two of you. In your first meeting, you and your mentor will talk about what you would like out of the mentor/mentee relationship. Both of you will discuss your interests and the best way to stay in contact. It is from here that both of you will decide what works best for you.
For more information call the MAPS office at 660-543-4156 and ask to speak with Christopher Cooper, the Mentorship Program Graduate Assistant, or Tara Napoleone, IDEAS Coordinator.