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Mentoring Program

What is the IU Kokomo Faculty-Student Mentoring Program?

The IU Kokomo Faculty-Student Mentoring Program will allow students receiving accessibility services to connect with a faculty member on campus.  Mentors will meet with the student on an as needed basis that works for both the student and mentor throughout the year.  Mentorships can extend beyond one year, if needed.  Through participation in the program, students will be able to gain an increased understanding of expectations at the post-secondary level, along with an increase in self-advocacy skills.  Faculty will gain valuable experience working with diverse populations.  All efforts will be made to connect the student with a faculty member in their area of interest or study.

Benefits:

  • Increased interaction with IU Kokomo faculty
  • Facilitate problem solving skills and self-advocacy skills that increase academic success
  • Navigate academic and social supports
  • Increased understanding of academic expectations
  • Individualized support system

Student Eligibility Requirements & Expectations:

  • Current student enrolled in courses at IU Kokomo
  • Current student registered with the Accessibility Center
  • Ability to maintain regular contact with the mentor (schedule decided upon between the mentor and student)
  • Be open and honest about obstacles, successes, and future plans
  • Openly consider suggestions from the mentor
  • Refrain from asking the faculty member to grade work or complete tasks for you
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of each semester

Faculty Eligibility Requirements & Expectations:

  • Currently faculty member at IU Kokomo (nominated for participation by Dean or Chair)
  • Ability to maintain regular contact with the mentor (schedule decided upon between the mentor and student)
  • Listen attentively
  • Help facilitate problem solving, exploration, self-advocacy skills, and academic success
  • Refer the mentee to other resources or services on campus, as needed
  • Offer timely feedback
  • Ability to collaborate with the Accessibility Center on any questions/concerns that may arise
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of each semester

Goals/Objectives:

  • Develop student self-advocacy skills in coordination with faculty members
  • Increase connections between students and faculty on campus
  • Increase potential for academic success by facilitating problem solving skills and academic support services
  • Aid in staff development when working with students with disabilities
Last updated: 04/17/2017