Sharon D. Parks, author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams (2000), asserts that mentors and mentoring communities are crucial to the development of meaning and faith among students. Mentoring provides environments that help students navigate successfully through not only their professional lives, but also allows them to realize their greater civic and personal obligations as well.
The RISE program seeks to increase retention and improve overall graduation rates of students through strong mentoring communities and one-on-one mentoring.
The mentors serve students by supporting and challenging them through their journeys of learning and development. To participate, mentors are asked to complete an application. Mentors are assigned a mentee by matching mentor profile information with student profile information. Mentors are also assigned to students based on individual requests. Mentors include faculty, staff, and alumni.
RISE mentor responsibilities:
- Communicate all Mentee concerns to the RISE Program Director as soon as possible.
- Meet with RISE Mentee at least once per semester and correspond/communicate with Mentee at least once per week.
- Immediately inform the RISE Program Director of inability to continue to serve as a Mentor.
- Complete the RISE End of the Year Program Evaluation.
- Regularly check email, RISE Google calendar, and RISE Facebook Group for program updates, events, and announcements.