Sometimes you may feel like you need a coach, a mentor, or a friend for support, guidance, and advice. Although FirstGen does not offer a mentorship program, we’ve put together a list of amazing mentorship programs at Michigan that are available for you to take advantage of.
SuccessConnects is a holistic support program focused on ensuring your academic, personal, and social success at Michigan. SuccessConnects promotes opportunities to excel in the undergraduate experience, ranging from networking and professional development to study skills and study abroad opportunities, while giving students a community of scholars and leaders amongst whom they can thrive.These goals are achieved through dynamic customized components including:
- 1-on-1 personalized Success Coaching
- Academic resources like tutoring, research-paper writing support and collaborative study tables
- Community-based Workshops and social outings throughout the year.
The University Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for new first-year students to connect with volunteer mentors who are knowledgeable about the University in order to ease the transition from high school to college. Mentorship helps to make the University a smaller place, and builds relationships between students, faculty, and staff. Open to all first-year students, the Mentorship Program is one of many Michigan Learning Communities available to students. Transfer students interested in a mentorship program should apply to Transfer Connections.
The mission of MESA is “to promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.” The office partners with four mentorship/orientation programs that include:
- ARISE – South Asian Mentorship Program: The ARISE Mentorship Program is a peer mentorship program for first-year students that strives to create a platform for dialogue on the intersection of social justice and culture. Through dialogues and more intimate settings, the program hopes to create a safe space for students to grow and improve their experience at the University while empowering individuals to develop an awareness and a passion for activism.
- ALMA Welcome Program: The ALMA Welcome Program is a partnership between the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA) and La Casa. ALMA is a four-day welcome program for first-year students that provides a unique opportuntiy to build community and learn skills & knowledge of campus resources vital to the first year experience.The program is open to all students and provides a space for individuals to develop and further explore personal identities, while also engaging in dialogue topics and issues relating to the Latinx experience.
- SALAM – Successful Arab Leaders at Michigan: This 4-day program is for incoming first and transfer students to build community, learn about campus resources, and connect with one another about the Arab student experience. The program is open to all U-M students interested in understanding and supporting the Arab community.
- Support for Incoming Black Students (S.I.B.S.) – Mentorship Program: S.I.B.S. is a year-long student coordinated peer mentorship program that is open to all students at the University of Michigan (U-M) who are interested in issues that affect the black community and who are dedicated to the retention and success of the students in the program. The goal of S.I.B.S. is to provide unique mentorship and educational opportunities for students on campus. This includes personal, academic, and professional development opportunities that create a fulfilling first-year experience and enhance community members’ awareness of their experiences at U-M.