Become a Smooth Transitions Mentor

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Please explain why would you like to be a student mentor.
Please explain what qualities do you feel you would bring to the Student Mentor position.
Please explain any past or present mentoring experience you have.
Please explain what past or present experience you have working with diversity awareness.
Please explain what you perceive to be the most difficult or challenging aspect of becoming a Student Mentor.
Please list your campus/community activities and any leadership positions that you have held or currently hold.
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Please explain why you would like to be re-hired as a student mentor.
Please explain what has been your biggest challenge as a mentor and your biggest success.
Please list three activities that you organized with your mentee this year.
Please list what you feel are your strengths as a mentor and some areas that you would like to improve.
Please list your campus/community activities and any leadership positions that you have held or currently hold.
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Recommend a Smooth Transitions Mentor

A student has selected you to provide a reference statement in support of their application for the Smooth Transitions Mentor Program. The Smooth Transitions Mentor Program is dedicated to supporting first year underrepresented students transition into Albion College. Students who fill out this application are interested in becoming a mentor for up to five first year underrepresented students.

Responsibilities of a Smooth Transitions Mentor

All Smooth Transitions mentors will be responsible for up to five first year students. Each mentor will be expected to devote at least ten hours a week to the program. The mentors will be required to lead weekly small group discussions, have weekly one on one meetings with their mentees, attend bi-weekly supervision meetings, and display characteristics of a positive role model. Mentors will be determined by;

  • A student's personal desire and reasons for becoming a mentor for underrepresented first years.
  • A student's characteristics and experiences that are related to mentoring and leading small group discussions.
  • A student's commitment to diversity on and off campus
  • A student's campus/community activities and leadership positions

Your Reference

The reference statement you provide will be used by the Smooth Transitions Mentor Program Selection Committee to gain further insight into the candidate's scholarship and leadership experiences relating to the campus and the surrounding communities. Comments regarding the candidate's unique or special contribution as measured by the quality of commitment to diversity and mentorship will be especially helpful in the selection process.

We understand that Smooth Transitions Mentor Program references are busy individuals. We certainly don't want providing a reference statement to be a large task. While your recommendation may be as short or as long as you would like, typical reference statements are between 3-6 sentences. You may provide a formal letter of recommendation, but it is not necessary for this purpose.

The reference statement will only be seen by the Smooth Transitions Selection Committee. Therefore, it is not considered part of the student's official College record and will be held in confidence. Please use the form below to complete the recommendation for the student who has forwarded you this web address.

Deadline

Reference statements are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. If this deadline has passed it is still fine to submit your reference. We still want to hear from you. A reference statement received past the deadline will not be held against the applicant in any way as your feedback is an important part of our evaluation process. If you have any questions, you may send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Intercultural Affairs Staff

 

  Keena Williams
  Interim Director for Intercultural Affairs
  Phone: 517/629-0501
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chrissiey jackson

 

Chrissiey Jackson
Intercultural Affairs Coordinator
Phone: 517/629-0501
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Smooth Transitions Mentor Program

Smooth Transitions logoWhy be part of the mentoring program?

"[The] Support, love, care, and advice from people whom I respect and will keep in my life forever."
   —C. J., Class of 2012, former mentee and mentor

The Smooth Transitions Mentor Program provides academic and social support to foster student growth and adjustment to Albion College and the surrounding community. Interested first-year under-represented students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds are matched with an upper-class student. Student mentors meet weekly with their mentees, conduct study sessions, and encourage students' involvement on campus.

Albion College is committed to the development of a diverse and pluralistic living and learning community. In direct support of this College-wide aim, the Office of Intercultural Affairs works in cooperation with the campus and greater community to heighten awareness of and create an appreciation for diversity. The office coordinates and promotes cultural and educational programs. The office actively assists students with their transition into and retention at the College.

  • One-on-One mentoring ratio
  • Social support
  • Time management skills
  • Off-campus bowling
  • Meals with faculty, staff and community friends
  • Involvement with campus clubs and activities
  • Inside tips about campus
  • Late night study breaks
  • Career workshop
  • Academic and staff resources
  • Opportunities to attend student conferences
  • Leadership development
  • Build friendships
  • Diversity advocacy and support

For more information:

Office of Intercultural Affairs
Albion College
KC Box 4672
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224

1000 E. Porter St. #203
517/629-0501

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