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Student Mentor Program

Student mentors help new Cougs navigate life at WSU and find resources and relationships to help them succeed. Match with mentees who share parts of your identity: culture and heritage, LGBTQ+, disabilities, and more.

Applications for fall 2022-spring 2023 are open until December 10. 

What's Required

Mentors put in about 6 hours of work each week.

You'll be expected to:

  • Host office hours
  • Keep in contact with mentees
  • Attend a weekly class
  • Attend weekly mentor meetings
  • Help plan and host social activities, retreats, workshops and events

To apply, students must

  • Be a current undergrad student at WSU
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed 30 credit hours

Why become a mentor?

Gain Leadership Experience

As a mentor, you'll be responsible for checking in with mentees, leading programs, and collaborating with your mentor team. Build important skills that will help get a job after college:

  • Responsibility and initiative
  • Event planning
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Cultural competency

Make an Impact

You remember the challenges and fears you experienced during your first year. Offer support and guidance to new Cougs who may be going through similar feelings. Help them navigate things like:

  • Moving away from home and living on their own
  • Meeting people and making friends
  • Adjusting to college coursework
  • Finding the right resources on campus

 

Earn Class Credit & Scholarship

Mentors will receive unique leadership training and receive a scholarship for the year of participation. You can expect support and professional development from university staff:

  • Enroll in UNIV 497 during the spring semester before serving as mentor. The course will cover leadership and interpersonal skills to prepare you for your role
  • Attend a mentoring retreat in the fall and learn about ethical and professional behavior
  • Monthly in-service seminars will cover mentoring theory, campus resources, and development

 

mentors in a staff meeting