OME Kicks Off Mentor Advocate Partnership Program (MAP)

By Lisa Strack, Program Coordinator, Office of Minority Education

On February 12th, twenty staff mentors and forty-one undergraduate protégés participated in the 2008 kick-off to the Office of Minority Education’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program. Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Simmons College, led an interactive workshop on the dynamic aspects of mentoring and how to make the most of mentoring relationships. The 2008 MAP mentors include staff from Admissions, the Alumni Association, DUE, Human Resources, the Graduate Students Office, HASS, the Public Service Center, the OME, Resource Development, and Student Life. The next step for MAP mentors and protégés involves getting to know each other during the spring semester – building a stronger community at MIT.

MAP is a volunteer mentoring program for first-year MIT students. MAP seeks to foster the holistic development of students along both academic and non-academic dimensions. At the core of MAP is a sincere, trusting partnership between student and staff that has the potential to persist throughout the undergraduate years.