Associate Mentors Join the OME’s Mentoring Program

By Eduardo Contreras, Graduate Assistant, Office of Minority Education

The Office of Minority Education’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students designed to assist them in enhancing their academic and non-academic development at the Institute. Essentially, MAP connects new MIT students with volunteer faculty and staff mentors. The guiding principle of MAP is that building strong relationships throughout the college experience plays an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction for students. The mentors have also expressed great enthusiasm for the opportunity to engage with MIT students in a less formal, but equally rewarding manner.

As a result of the success of the mentor/protégé partnerships, the OME introduced the Associate Mentor component of MAP in the spring of 2009. Associate mentors were selected from upperclassmen who had participated in MAP. These student mentors brought with them an understanding of the mentor-protégé relationship, and were able to provide the new protégés with an additional level of support. The inaugural group of fifteen associate mentors represents a wide array of courses, cultural and geographic backgrounds, but they all share the common goal of wanting to help their fellow students. The associate mentors have already started to help their student protégés build relationships with staff/faculty while also offering encouragement, and a proactive support network. The staff in the Office of Minority Education would like to thank the MAP mentors and associate mentors for playing an important role in the first year experience of their protégés.