Southern University Alumni Federation
What is the Southern University Alumni Federation Houston Chapter Mentoring Program?
The Mentoring Program is designed to create a one-to-one partnership between the mentor and a Southern University student from the greater Houston area. This partnership will focus on the needs of the student to increase retention and academic success. The purpose of the mentoring program is to share the knowledge and experience of the alumnus and to equip the student with the knowledge, techniques,
and tools to ensure successful matriculation at Southern University.
Who can serve as a mentor?
Any member of the Southern University Alumni Federation – Houston Chapter, who can provide the encouragement and support for a first year student at Southern University, can serve as a mentor. Also, the mentors must be committed to provide their time and knowledge to help the student during his/her educational pursuits.
How much time is required of the mentor?
The mentoring partnership lasts for one academic year. It will commence by the first week of August for the fall semester and the first week of January for the spring semester. During the semester, the mentor should communicate with the student at least twice per month.
Do I need any special skills, training, or resources?
Training and resources will be provided for mentors. While success of the mentoring partnership is not dependent on any special skills, it is important for mentors to provide the student with:
1. An expanded personal network (in Baton Rouge and Houston)
2. Information and perspective about the SU organization and culture
3. Help to negotiate effectively with campus personnel
4. A sounding board for the student’s academic and career goals as well as
community service opportunities
5. Positive and constructive feedback on professional and personal development
How can I become mentor?