Division ofStudent Affairs

Mentoring

 

ACCESS Mentoring Program

Advocates Creating Conversations that Engage and Support Students

The ACCESS Mentoring Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to connect with a member of UNT’s faculty or staff as well as a peer mentor. Your faculty or staff mentor will serve as a guide and resource to you over the next academic school year.

Sign Up for a Mentor:

https://orgsync.com/61139/forms/130006 

Sign Up to be a Faculty/Staff Mentor: 

https://orgsync.com/61139/forms/130005

Your Faculty/Staff Mentor will:

  • Assist you in setting goals to achieve academic and personal success
  • Contact you a minimum four times a semester
  • Serve as point of support throughout the semester
  • Engage you in topics of discussion that will aid you throughout the year
  • Share with you their experiences and provide advice as needed
  • Have fun with you!

Mentees are expected to:

  • Make a one year commitment to ACCESS mentoring program
  • Respond to emails and contact from mentor in a timely manner
  • Interact with your mentor a minimum four times a semester
  • Be receptive to the information and resources given to you
  • Attend any other arranged meetings with mentor throughout the year
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events and program recognition events, as available

  

The Wing (ACCESS Mentoring Newsletter) 

February 2015 (pdf)

Mentors are coaches, role models, advisors, guides, and referral agents for new UNT students. Mentors assist new students in getting acclimated to campus life and understanding the many resources available to them during their collegiate experience at UNT. Faculty and staff members who have been at UNT for at least one year are encouraged to be a mentor for a new student. Mentors should have knowledge of the university and its resources and be willing to assist new students as they acclimate to our campus and college life.

Colleges and universities across the nation struggle every year with how to help new students adjust to the inevitable changes of college life. UNT believes this transition can be smoother if new students are given opportunities to connect with representatives across campus who are aware of the many resources available to students.

Being a mentor is a great opportunity to give back to the UNT community. Mentors not only get an opportunity to tell their mentee what "I wish I knew when I came to UNT," but they also get the opportunity to shape the mind of a new student and help him/her adjust to new life on a campus of over 36,000 students.

Potential mentors receive information via email and various other publicity mediums regarding the program. By applying to be a mentor, mentors agree to a one year commitment. Although we hope sustaining relationships will be built, mentors are only required to serve as a mentor for the one year period. Recruitment will begin again in the spring and summer for the following academic year.

The role of mentor is not designed to be a time consuming commitment on your part, only a rewarding opportunity to give back to UNT and its students. The expectation is that every mentor will attend a training session, read all communications sent by the office of Orientation and Transition Programs (i.e. newsletters and e-mails), and will make an effort to connect with their mentee(s) regularly. These connections can range from meeting for dinner or lunch to sending a quick email.

Centralized Peer Mentor Training

Peer mentors are students who have been selected and trained for a leadership role that provides a service to their peer group.  All peer mentors, peer advocates, and peer educators should be knowledgeable about their role and what it means to be a peer leader.  The Centralized Peer Mentor Training offered by the office of Orientation and Transition Programs trains student leaders on the skills necessary to effectively lead peers.  This training should not replace office specfic trainings or meetings, but instead should help facilitate the understanding of the peer mentor role on campus.

Training Topics

History and Signficance of Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring at UNT

Connecting/Building Relationships

Group Dynamics

Conflict and Crisis Management

University Policies and Legal Issues

StrengthsQuest

Fall 2014 Training Dates

Date Time Location
Session 1: Friday, August 22 9:00am - 12:00pm Crumley Conference Room
Session 2: Friday, August 29 9:00am - 12:00pm Crumley Conference Room
Session 3: Friday, August 29 1:00pm - 4:00pm Crumley Conference Room

How to Register

To register for a Centralized Peer Mentor Training, click here.  You will receive a confirmation email and additional instructions after your registration is received.

 

Peer Mentors at UNT

Peer mentors are essential to the retention and persistence of students at UNT. They are exceptional upper-class students who serve first year students as they transition into UNT. Peer mentors are evident leaders on campus and in the Denton community.

Peer mentors are coaches, role models, advisors, guides, and referral agents for new UNT students. Peer mentors assist new students in getting acclimated to campus life and understanding the many resources available to them during their collegiate experience at UNT.

Being a peer mentor is a great opportunity to give back to the UNT community. Peer mentors not only get an opportunity to tell their mentee what "I wish I knew when I came to UNT," but they also get the opportunity to shape the mind of a new student and help him/her adjust to new life on a campus of over 36,000 students.

ACCESS Mentoring Peer Mentors

The ACCESS Mentoring Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to connect with a member of UNT’s faculty and staff as well as a peer mentor. Although most of the students who participate are Emerald Eagle Scholars, this mentoring program is open to all students.

Application Process

Applications are due Friday, April 18 by 5:00pm in the office of Orientation and Transition Programs (Stovall, Suite 155).

Please direct questions to Stephanie Brown, Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition Programs, at stephanie.brown2@unt.edu or 940-565-4198.

Learning Community Peer Mentor Program

Apply to a peer mentor!  The office for Orientation and Transition Programs is currently seeking peer mentors for the fall 2014 learning communities. Peer mentors working with the learning communities provide academic and personal support to students during their first year of college.  Peer mentors are positive role models and a resource for students in a variety of ways on campus.

Application Process

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 28 by 5:00pm to the office of Orientation and Transition Programs (Stovall, Suite 155). 

Please direct questions to Stephanie Brown, Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition Programs, at stephanie.brown2@unt.edu or 940-565-4198.