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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 attend, you must schedule a meeting with Dean Grimes before you are placed in the program.


The Faculty-Student Mentoring Program was launched in September 1995. It is a part of the services that 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/administrators and students of color. Through this mentoring relationship, students look forward to intellectual stimulation, academic support, career guidance, and friendship. Mentors also benefit from their shared experiences with students. The goal is to enhance the learning community for all at the University of Virginia.


Applications are available during fall semester for University faculty/administrators and students of color. Orientation sessions are offered to prospective mentors and student applicants before they are matched one-to-one, on the basis of their mutual interests and professional goals. Then, participants are sent a confirmation that provides the mentor and student with each other's name and contact information. Participants commit to communicate regularly, including meeting one-on-one throughout the semesters and attending OAAA-sponsored mentoring events that are held throughout the year. Dean Grimes meets and communicates with participants each semester to promote a positive experience for everyone.