• providing personal and professional development to peer mentors to
support personal growth;
• improving the grade point average of all program participants (peer
mentees and mentors); and
• increasing program participants’ knowledge of and involvement with the
various campus units’ resources, services, and programs.
The responsibilities for peer mentors are as follows:
• Meet with each mentee at the Minority Student Academic Center (MSAC)
for two hours per week to assist with and collaborate on academic work.
• Attend four mandatory developmental programs per semester with their
mentees. These developmental programs are intended to foster personal
and professional growth. Topics of past developmental programs have
included: Time Management, How to Pick a Major, Better Counseling
Skills, and Tunnel of Oppression.
• Work with the community group to provide one peer social for the
semester in order to foster social networking.
• Attend cultural programs sponsored by the Office of Intercultural
Programs and Services.
• Schedule a mandatory meeting and a one-on-one meeting with the
coordinator, once a semester.
Because this is the first year the MASAI program has been implemented, only
preliminary results are available, specifically midterm grades. At the midterm of the
semester, forty-five mentees had a grade point average at or above good academic
standing (2.0 or higher). Twelve students had a grade point average of 1.9 or lower.
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