2015-2016 Eagle Mentoring Cohort field trip to University of Chicago on a visit to the DuSable Museum of African American History
Eagle Mentoring Program (EMP) is a collaborative
program between the Office of Multicultural Student Services and the
College of Liberal Studies designed to help academic departments to
retain 2nd year historically under-represented students (protégés). EMP provides a supportive and nurturing experience for protégés’ personal and intellectual development.
EMP coordinates an instructional team that leverages resources and
personnel from academic departments and Offices of Financial Aid,
Counseling & Testing, Career Services, International Education, and
Multicultural Student Services that will empower students with: a supportive and nurturing network of support, knowledge of institutional programs and policies, consistent contact with faculty in her/his major department through a faculty mentor, help
to develop the skills set to excel in advanced undergraduate
research and writing, and information about additional opportunities
for career development and research.
Eagle Mentoring Program seeks to help diverse students form a more
positive identification with the Institution and Community by conveying
and providing students with a sense or feeling of genuine concern,
caring, warmth, welcome and satisfaction with their college experience,
so that they can be motivated and inspired to achieve academic
excellence. There are five goals:
will learn about campus resources, services, and engage in academic,
cultural, and professional development activities that enhance each
protégé’s educational experience.
are designed to increase protégés’ knowledge about campus resources
and services that can be used to increase their retention during the 2nd and 3rd
years. They will present topics such as: financial aid, study abroad,
internships and other forms of service learning, summer research
opportunity programs, undergraduate research program, career
exploration, interviewing etiquette, and to explore the graduate school
application process through the crafting of individual curriculum vitae and statements of purpose.
and mentors will create a learning community that will facilitate a
supportive, affirming, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate.
will receive support and positive affirmation leading to a sense of a
more welcoming and inclusive campus climate while creating a social
support network with other protégés and mentors. By attendingworkshops,
lectures, and films that explore U.S. academic culture and identity
politics, theyengage in social and cultural activities that will enrich
EMP’s rigorous experience ofprofessional and academic development.
3. Development of writing and research literacy skills in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
will develop an appreciation and familiarity with writing, research,
and communication methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities,
enriching their educational experiences, particularly contributing to
their success in capstone course experiences and/or senior or honors
theses. Workshops will discuss faculty expectations of student,
preparedness, basic research literacy, how to read and discuss
assignments, how to conductdiscipline-specific library and online
research and review bibliographic citation.
4. Protégés and faculty mentor will build a mutually respectful mentoring relationship.
Through this mentoring relationship protégés can gain greater perspective on how faculty and staff can
contribute to student efforts to achieve an undergraduate degree while
learning more about their major’s discipline, course content, academic
culture, and life experiences.
5. Create an individual Academic Achievement Plan.
protégé will work with EMP Director and faculty mentor, in conjunction
with her or his major department’s academic advisor, to create an
individual Academic Achievement Plan (AAP) outlining course of study
for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years,
to include opportunities for internships, study abroad, summer
enrichment opportunities, extracurricular activities, and to explore
possibilities for Undergraduate Research Grant and other remunerated
research and academic enhancement summer opportunities. The AAP will
include drafts of curriculum vitae and statement of purpose
that could be used to prepare applications for career and academic
opportunities, but also identifies key areas for improvement and will be
highly individualized for each protégé.
completing a year’s enrollment in EMP, it is expected that protégés
will continue the relationship with their faculty mentor to explore
further opportunities for educational enhancement such as enrolling in a
Summer Research Opportunity program, completing an Undergraduate
Research Grant Proposal over the student’s 3rd or 4th year, or applying
to graduate or professional programs.
Víctor M. Macías-González, Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, EMP Director
Katy Zart, Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, EMP Graduate Assistant
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory Board: CLS Associate Dean Charles Martin-Stanley, Barbara E. Stewart, Associate Dean of Campus Climate and Diversity, and
Representatives from Offices of Financial Aid, Counseling &
Testing, Career Services, International Education, and Multicultural
La Crosse Area Latino/a Collaborative