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Connections Mentoring Program

The United and Mutually Equal Mentoring Program at Western New England University helps students make a connection and build lasting relationships among the incoming underrepresented students and upperclass students who are members of U&ME.

The program was created with the belief that personal relationships foster a sense of belonging and community that will allow incoming freshman to create a bond with someone who is able to help them integrate into college life, and who may have had a shared or similar life experience. These connections enrich their college experience so that they remain at Western New England University for their entire four years, and become committed alumni and active participants in the Alumni Association.

Connections Mentoring Program Mission Statement

The United and Mutually Equal Connections Mentoring Program is committed to:

  • Pairing incoming freshman with an upperclassman mentor who is willing and dedicated to establishing and maintaining a successful mentor relationship.

  • Providing dedicated support and guidance to International, first generation and underrepresented students in areas of academic, personal, and social development.

  • Building positive and supportive relationships that will foster the transition from high school to college.

  • Focusing on the academic, cultural and social integration of students in addition to shaping them to become active leaders on the college campus.

  • Developing community awareness by increased involvement in the local community.

  • Eliminating potential isolation and loneliness often experienced by these students as they adjust to their new campus environment.

mentor-retreat

Mentors also work with peer advisors (PA) and resident advisor (RA) to ensure the success of their mentee/advisee

Activities

  • Monthly Workshops on Time Management, Study Skills, and Résumé Building

  • Roller skating, movie night, and other various fun activities

  • Weekly U&ME general meeting

  • Welcome dinner for incoming mentees and their mentors

  • Various trips throughout the year (New York, Washington D.C, etc) to become acquainted with other cultures

  • Collaboration with other clubs and organizations

  • Community Service

programs and events

Coordinators


Sachem

Sachem Best - Senior

Nilsa

Nilsa Salas - Junior

Alexis

Alexis McCrae - Junior

Natalie

Natalie Gaiotti - Sorphomore
Coordinator in Training

Janeen

Janeen Rahman - Sorphomore
Coordinator in Training

Monthly Meetings

  • Join Us!

    Meetings take place the first Tuesday of every month in the Cultural Center at Rivers. Mentees and Mentors meet at 6:00 p.m. Mentors meet at 7:00 p.m.