Blue, Gold & Black Mentorship Program
The Blue, Gold & Black Mentorship Program (BGBMP) is an academic year-long (fall/winter/spring) mentoring program designed for all incoming freshman and transfer students that emphasizes the Black student experience. The mission of the Blue, Gold & Black Mentorship Program is to increase retention rates, improve 4-year graduation rates, foster a sense of belonging, and facilitate community building for participating students.
BGBMP offers a robust set of experiences and provides mentees with opportunities to engage with the following mentor groups throughout the academic year:
- Academic advisors
- Graduate students
- Faculty members
- Staff members
- Undergraduate students
Each mentor group will provide unique insights that help program mentees navigate the road to success at UCR. Program mentees have the opportunity to connect with each mentor group in-person and virtually as well as one-on-one and group settings. The program will also provide program mentees with the opportunity to build solid relationships with faculty, staff, graduate students, and their peers that will last long after the program has ended. Participation is not limited to those who identify as African Americans or Black only. Participation will not be denied to anyone on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.
Blue, Gold & Black Mentorship Program mentees are expected to engage with the program in an authentic manner: be yourself and do not hold back your personality, thoughts, feelings, concerns, and desires. The BGBMP experience is meant to be organic and meaningful.
Program mentees will do their best to attend all virtual and in-person events. We hope that this program is viewed as a priority.
Program mentees will respond in a timely manner to texts, emails, phone calls, and in-person meeting requests from their undergraduate peer mentor.
Program mentees should read and respond accordingly to all messaging from the academic advisors that are part of the mentoring program. Mentees will utilize the exclusive walk-in advising hours multiple times during each quarter.
Program mentees are expected to reach out to the program director and/or any of the various program mentors that they feel most comfortable with when dealing with any hardships or difficulties so that assistance and referrals to campus resources can be provided in a timely manner.
How to Join
If you are ready to join the Blue, Gold & Black Mentorship Program, please complete the questionnaire found at the link below, and the Program Director, Victor Moreira, will get back to you as soon as possible.