Eagle Mentoring Program 2016-2017

2016-2017 Eagle Mentoring Cohort field trip to University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

The 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:

1. Protégés will learn about campus resources, services, and engage in academic, cultural, and professional development activities that enhance each protégé’s educational experience.

Meetings 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.

2. Protégés and mentors will create a learning community that will facilitate a supportive, affirming, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate. 

Protégés 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.  

Protégés 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. 

Each 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 vitaeand 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.

After 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.


EMP Staff

Charles Martin-Stanley, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Studies, Professor of Psychology, EMP Director 

For information contact cmartin-stanley@uwlax.edu

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 Student Services


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