Mentor FAQs

You've got questions?  We've got answers!


What is the commitment?  How long would I mentor?  How many students?  

We ask that mentors work with one student through their first academic year at SU through the program.  At the conclusion, we hope many mentoring relationships have become organic and will evolve into a less formal, but continued connection.  Resources will be provided on how one might facilitate that transition.

What is expected? 

More details will be given in training, but we ask that you meet with your mentee twice in the first three weeks of their first quarter (Fall for most students), and then communicate once every two-three weeks either in person, by email, text, or phone. 

How do I sign up?  How do I learn more?

Please RSVP to one of the upcoming May or June workshops to start the process.  These will be part information session and part training.

What resources are available? 

Our initial training will be a good starting point.  In addition, mentors will have access to ongoing training through the year, an online resource guide, and opportunities to connect with other mentors and in community with other student/mentor pairs.  Additionally, we will provide a template of phased topics you may want to consider discussing with your mentee based on time of year, context, and development.

What if I can’t be a mentor all year? 

If you will be gone Fall, but here Winter and Spring, that is easy to accommodate, as we hope to match students entering in Winter and Spring quarters.  If you will be gone another quarter, please contact Michelle Etchart or another member of the planning team and we’ll explore options.

What research are you referencing? 

In addition to other literature, a study by Gallup Purdue found that college students who have a mentor in college are 2.2 times more likely to be engaged meaningfully in their careers as alumni, and 1.7 times more likely to thrive in six dimensions of wellness.

Who is on the planning team? 

As a part of this year’s focused student success priorities, a team was convened to design and launch a new mentorship program.  That team includes:

  • Alvin Sturdivant, Vice President of Student Development
  • Gretchenrae Campera, Assistant Director of Student Success & Outreach
  • Lauren Van Fossen, Academic Advisor, Arts and Sciences
  • Marilyn Nash, Campus Minister for Social Justice
  • Michelle Etchart, Senior Director of Student Success & Outreach
  • Natasha Martin, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion