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Black Student Mentoring Collaborative MENTOR 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 mentee. Although we have set meeting times, feel free to schedule additional meetings and or have lunch with your mentee/s.
  2. COMMUNICATE: You serve as a resource for your mentee. Please effectively communicate with and engage your mentee so that they feel comfortable and welcomed. 
  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 Mentee. If they are involved on campus and community activities, please feel free to support them if it fits into your schedule.
  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 mentee may not be a good match, so that we could possibly better match you.


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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