Interaction between faculty and students complemented by message from Professor Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
Nervous glances and small talk quickly gave way to in-depth discussion and genuine camaraderie Wednesday evening at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall. A mix of students and faculty, gathered for an event hosted by Faculty Mentoring Initiatives, a new program at IU Bloomington that pairs faculty members with IU Bloomington sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
The faculty really care and want to be involved. Those who’ve signed up to be mentors have good hearts and goodintentions, and I think the students are really going to benefit from that tremendously,” said Faculty Mentoring Initiatives Director Arnell Hammond. “Some of the students just want someone to talk to, someone beyond their academic and career advisors, who can help them. The students in the program are sophomores, juniors, and seniors, so they’re getting ready to graduate or trying to find ways to network or find internships, and just work through some issues.”
Faculty Mentoring Initiatives was implemented in January 2016, and more than 100 faculty members are already serving as mentors to nearly 150 students for the 2016-17 academic year. Part of IU Bloomington’s Mentoring Services and Leadership Development Program, a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), the program aims to enhance undergraduate student retention and timely degree completion through faculty mentoring students one-on-one or in small groups via email, phone, in person and at large group events with campus partners. Mentors and protégés will determine when, where, how often, and for how long they will meet during the semester, while faculty will receive support from the Faculty Mentoring Initiatives staff.