The Mission of the Multicultural Mentors program (M&Ms) at William Jewell College is to introduce first-year multicultural students to upper-class multicultural students, help the first-year multicultural students become acquainted and get involved with William Jewell College and build a support system for all multicultural students.
Multicultural Mentor Request
M&Ms is a voluntary program. Only those multicultural students interested in having a Multicultural Mentor and who have filled out the proper paperwork will be assigned one. Unlike first-year orientation mentors, M&Ms is a more one-on-one mentoring program. Each multicultural mentor will have no more than five first-year students they will be required to spend time with throughout the academic year.
- Introduce first-years to upper-classmen
- Multicultural organizations will send out postcards to all admitted multicultural students in the spring.
- M&Ms will write their mentees a letter during the summer. They will also call their mentees the week before move-in day.
- M&Ms will put together welcome gifts for first-year students in the program to be placed in their rooms on move-in day.
- During orientation weekend, the mentors will be introduced to their mentees and will be able to spend time with them before classes start.
- Become acquainted with and get involved at Jewell
- Multicultural mentors will be required to attend the Activities fair during Orientation weekend. They will also need to touch base with each of their mentees during this time.
- The Office of Multicultural Programming will put together a panel during the fall semester with information on financial aid, registration, the Academic Achievement Center, GPA requirements for scholarships, Business Office news and how to work with your advisor.
- Since most Multicultural Mentors also will be involved with a multicultural organization (UNITY, SAGE, and BSU), they will be encouraged to invite their mentees to meetings.
- Build a support network
- The mentors will be required to have at least one activity in the first week of classes with their mentees (this can be combined or separate). Outside of this, they are required to have three more activities a semester with their mentees (only one of these can be combined). These events cannot include alcohol and must not violate any College policy.
- The Office of Multicultural Programming will host a registration party for first-year students in the fall and spring semesters. Multicultural Mentors will be required to attend this program with their mentees.
- All first-year multicultural students are asked to meet with the Coordinator of Multicultural programming to assess their needs.
- All M&Ms will be matched with an alumni mentor who will help them through the mentoring process.
This mentoring program is open to all first-year (or new transfer) multicultural students who are interested. However, once admitted to the program, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA their first year at Jewell
- Remain in good standing with the College
- Participate in at least one midterm interview per semester with the Coordinator of Multicultural Programming
- Attend all events hosted by the M&Ms program.
Mentors are available to the following students:
- LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual)
- Students of diverse populations (students of color)
- First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college)
- International students
William Jewell College pursues a nondiscriminatory policy with regard to employment and educational programs, and endeavors to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, and with other legislation applicable to private, four-year undergraduate Colleges. The College is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, religion, or veteran status. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, promotion, terminations, compensation benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.
The College complies with federal, state and local equal opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from forms of illegal discrimination and harassment.
Inquiries with regard to compliance with Title IX should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.