The Office of Multicultural Affairs aims to help UNC Asheville recruit, retain, and support students of color through various initiatives such as the Connections Peer Mentoring Program. Connections mentors are peer-mentors specifically for new UNC Asheville freshmen and transfer students who identify as Native American/Alaskan Native, African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, or multiracial. Mentors orient their mentees to the campus community and educate them on the programs and services provided by the Intercultural Center.
What do Connections Mentors do?
- Orient their mentees to the campus community and educate them on the programs and services provided by the Intercultural Center (IC)
- Provide support services and referrals to help students achieve their educational goals and obtain the necessary academic skills to perform successfully in the classroom
- Promote the intellectual, moral, social, and spiritual development of the students
- Intentionally develop friendships and networking opportunities with new students
What are the requirements?
Connections Mentors must…
- Be willing to help young adults
- Be currently enrolled UNC Asheville students with 30 or more credit hours
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
- Attend Connections Mentor Orientation and Training in mid August
- Commit to a minimum 20 hours of service to the IC for the entire academic year
Do I have to be an African American, Latino/a, Asian, Native American, or multiracial student to participate?
No. Peer-mentors can be from any cultural background. UNC Asheville’s Intercultural Center is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment. Thus, we encourage all UNC Asheville sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply.
Who do I contact for additional information about the Connections program?
Dr. Dahlia Hylton
Highsmith Union Room 114