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Black Student Mentoring Collaborative Initiative Application

The Office of Student Life and Multicultural Affairs is committed to providing a welcoming environment to students of color and want to ensure success not only inside the classroom, but also outside of it. As such, we would like to provide a collaborative initiative for our incoming freshmen and transfer students that partners them with an African American Faculty or Staff member here at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

According to Faison (1996), many African American students report the need to develop a strong tie with an African American faculty member. The students perceive that African American faculty understand their unique needs and are often culturally and socially different from their White faculty counterparts. The similarities found between the African American student and African American mentor may serve as a foundation for developing effective communication and trust so that the relationship can be sustained over time (Faison, 1996).

It is our intention to provide a mentor that serves as a resource for student participants in this program, as well as provide an outlet for students who may just need a listening ear, academic advice, and also assistance in navigating and capitalizing on their time as a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Our expectations are simple:

  1. RESPECT TIME: Do not miss scheduled meetings with your Mentor and always show up on time.
  2. COMMUNICATE: Your mentor serves as a resource for you, but can also direct you to additional resources. Please communicate issues/problems that you may be having so they can better assist you. We would also love to hear the good things that you have going on in your life. Don't hesitate to share good news.
  3. GIVE EFFORT: We want this initiative to be successful, but truth is, it's success will be measured by what you put into it. Make the effort to be engaged not only in the program, but also with your Mentor.
  4. PROVIDE FEEDBACK: At the end of each semester, please complete our brief survey so we can gauge the effectiveness of the initiative and also make adjustments as needed. Also, please inform us if you and your mentor may not be a good match, so that we could possibly better match you.

Please fill out the required information and we look forward to working with you all this upcoming year! Be aware, that due to our limited Faculty and Staff, we may not have enough to provide adequate mentors to prospective mentees, so mentorships will be available on a first come first serve basis with a guaranteed pairing for the first 30 students who sign up. 


Faison, J. (1996). The next generation: The mentoring of African American graduate students on predominantly White university campuses. ASHE Reader. Retrieved November 16, 2002, from

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