Campus Collective Peer Mentoring
UCR's Campus Collective is an exciting new mentoring program for students who are entering college as a freshman. Students are matched with mentors who are there to offer guidance as students acclimate to life in college. Mentors will assist mentees in navigating the many adjustments that students often face when attending college for the first time. Mentoring pairs connect by text, phone, email, or virtual meeting platform.
Freshmen: Find a Mentor
Get support from a continuing UCR student who's been in your shoes and will assist you with the ins and outs of campus, even virtually!
Transfer Students: Find a Mentor
Get paired with a continuing UCR student based on the priorities you choose; degree, life circumstances, ethnicity, and more.
Areas of support include:
- Access campus support services
- The purpose and benefits of utilizing a professor's office hours
- Finding meaning social outlets
- Find ways to become engaged on campus (research, internships, etc.)
- How to best manage your time
- Maximizing your college experience so that you develop both academically and socially
Students are paired with someone invested in their success based on shared interests - a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Mentor Collective's online platform provides training and resources for student mentors and makes it easy for mentors and mentees to connect.
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to communicate at least 2 - 4 times per month, although pairs can communicate more or less frequently depending on individual preferences. Pairs can communicate in person, via text, Zoom, Slack, and/or phone. (All participants are given anonymous phone numbers for communication).
What do mentors and mentees discuss?
- Meeting new people and making lifelong connections with peers, faculty, and staff
- Getting involved on campus
- Adjusting to university-level academic expectations
- Developing a plan for academic, social, and career success
- Balancing the demands of a university with personal responsibilities and socializing
- Developing and cultivating professional contacts
Your mentor will:
- Help guide you in your transition to college by answering all your questions.
- Have similar interests, hobbies, and experiences as you.
- Meet or video chat with you on a regular basis.
- Guide you in discovering your career path.
- Encourage you to set goals.
WHY DID WE START A MENTORING PROGRAM ON CAMPUS?
Challenges facing our incoming students in fall 2020:
- COVID-19 environment where it is hard for students to connect, especially those new to campus, i.e., freshman and transfer students
- UCR top reported issue by students in spring was social isolation
- Students want less time on Zoom/computer
- Computer & Zoom Fatigue
- Students want a connection to campus in an organic, authentic way
- Mentoring needs to be purposeful, connect them with those they would have sought out on their own
- Ensuring the program complements existing campus efforts
- Foster a sense of belonging, feeling of community for those who have never been on campus
- Recreate informal information communication, i.e. hallway conversations, and develop a campus social support network
- Create a sense of enthusiasm about UCR and promote a more fluid college adjustment period
- Reduce fears and provide campus navigation resources for first-year students
- Reduce student screen time (computer) and provide both accessible and timely connections
- Goal of 30% engagement (1,440 Freshman) and 800 mentors
View our presentation on the Campus Collective program.