The program is designed to support the students’ academic progress and social adjustment to the U of I environment by utilizing university offices, departments, faculty/staff, programs and student organizations to provide assistance, encouragement and practical experiences.
Purpose: The purpose of the program to assist the University in maintaining a consistent minority enrollment with a focus on retention and graduation by providing students with a support system that is based on a one-on-one interactive relationship between upper-class students and Native American freshman students.
• Develop intellectual curiosity
• Teach academic and time management skills
• Address personal and interpersonal concerns
• Aid in academic and career choices
• Develop leadership skills
• Encourage campus involvement
Role of a Peer Mentor:
Peer Mentors will act as peer advisors to their mentees. They will discuss issues, concerns and/or difficulties their mentee(s) is/are experiencing. Mentors will be responsible for establishing supportive relationships with participating freshmen. They will provide resource information and referrals to various campus resources. Mentors will serve as role models to incoming freshmen by maintaining high academic standards.