Mentoring And Advising News - 2012

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  • The Mentor Advocate Partnership program, or MAP, celebrated its 5th year anniversary with the End of Year Celebration on May 9th at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. MAP, coordinated by the Office of Minority Education, is a volunteer mentoring program seeking to foster the holistic development of students along academic and non-academic dimensions. It is a fun way to give back and reconnect to the MIT community, offering experience and support to incoming freshmen and sophomores.

    The End of Year event brought together MAP mentors and protégés, as well as Institute-wide program advocates, for a celebratory dinner interspersed with personal testimonies and awards that honored the relationships facilitated by this program. Julie Norman, Director of the UAAP, shared a moving personal testament to the power of her own mentor/protégé relationships over the 5 years she has served as a Mentor. Several protégés including rising junior Devin Cornish, and Khalea Robinson ‘11 (via letter) offered their own insights into how their mentors have supported and inspired them at the Institute and beyond.

    Debroah Hodges-Pabon and Sandy Tenorio (center left and right, respectively) receive the “Tungsten” Longevity Award from long time MAP mentors Bonny Kellermann, left, and Sekazi Mtingwa, right.

    Harry Sanabria, left, and Professor John Belcher, right, are honored with the “Ionic Bond” award.

    Awards acknowledging outstanding participation in the program were given to mentors and protégés alike. Some highlights included:

  • The Sophomore Year Experience is an initiative expanding on the work of the Sophomore Year Transition Program in Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). MIT Staff from several offices, including UPOP, Residential Life Programs, Alumni Office’s Externship Program, Public Service Center, Global Education and Career Development and UAAP, have formed the SYE Committee to develop programming and bring awareness to available resources for sophomore students.

  • On Monday, February 6th, UAAP welcomed back many of the forty-six MIT students returning to campus for the Spring 2012 semester at its biannual Returning Students Luncheon hosted by Student Support Services. Returning students are resuming their studies at MIT following a withdrawal from the Institute for personal, academic or medical reasons and have successfully completed the readmission process.

  • MIT is proud of its commitment to First Generation students. First Generation students, those whose parents do not have college degrees, comprise 16% of the MIT student population, approximately 800 students in total (undergraduate and graduate). The critical importance of this population surpasses its sheer numbers, as this segment of the student body plays a vital role in the richness of an MIT education. Moreover, the presence of First Generation students reflects one of MIT's key values: its dedication to guaranteeing equal and affordable access to higher education.