Mentoring Program for First Year URM Students

All entering masters and PhD underrepresented graduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate College Mentoring Program. Students are matched with a senior level peer mentor from their home department designated by the DOGE and a faculty or staff member who have volunteered to participate. The goals of the Mentoring Program are to:

  • Partner with new students as they transition to graduate school
  • Provide support on issues that are happening in their lives
  • Improve the likelihood of new students flourishing at ISU

Admitted students begin receiving information about the Mentoring Program prior to the start of classes. Peer mentors are invited to attend a two-hour training session where they are informed of program expectations and other details. In addition, faculty and staff who are new to the mentoring program are also invited to a training session. Program activities during the year include an annual kick-off reception in August/September for everyone, social activities, a spring semester meeting, and an end of year social activity.