In 1998, the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program was awarded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia as one of the "successful student retention models in Virginia's colleges and universities."
Faculty-Student Mentoring Program
All new student applicants are required to attend ONE orientation session before they are matched with mentors. If you cannot make it, you may call 924-7923 and schedule an individual meeting with Dean Grimes.
The Faculty-Student Mentoring Program was launched in September 1995. It is a part of the services the Office of African-American Affairs offers to help students of color achieve intellectual and personal success at the University of Virginia. The program is designed to promote and facilitate interactions between faculty and students of color. Through this mentoring relationship, students look forward to intellectual stimulation, academic support, career guidance, and friendship. The goal is to enhance the students' learning and development at the University of Virginia
During fall semester, application forms are mailed out to all the University faculty/administrators and all students of color. All those who apply become members of the program. The Mentoring Program is entirely voluntary. Orientation sessions are offered to faculty and student applicants before they are matched one-to-one on the basis of their mutual interest and professional goals. Once a match is placed, a confirmation letter is mailed to both parties, informing them of each other's name, address (departmental and e-mail), and phone number. Faculty mentors and students schedule their individual meetings. The program organizes various events throughout the year to provide additional opportunities to further faculty and student interaction. The program coordinator meets and communicates with participants to promote a positive experience.