S.M.A.R.T Program

(Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent)

What is SMART?

Established in 1994, the Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent (S.M.A.R.T.) program is a key initiative of Elon University’s Multicultural Center. This program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college  for first-year students of diverse populations and enhance their social and intellectual engagement. Through a variety of activities and services including mentoring, educational workshops and other activities, this program encourages students to think critically about their academic success, identity development, and leadership skills.

Who Joins SMART?

SMART works primarily with Elon students who self- identify as a member in one or more of the following communities:

  • Students from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds (i.e. Black/African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native American/American Indian, Multiracial, etc.)
  • Students/allies in the LGBTQ communities (i.e. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning/Queer)
  • First Generation college students (one or both parents do not have a bachelor's degree)
  • Students from religiously diverse communities (i.e. non-Christian dominations)
  • Low Socio-Economic Status

Why should I Join SMART?

There are complexities associated with being a diverse student in a new environment. According to research conducted at Elon and college campuses nationwide, students of diverse populations experience different challenges that may affect their sense of connectedness and belonging.  These challenges may also negatively affect their academic and social experiences. The SMART program is designed to help first-year students of diverse communities address these challenges during this transformative time in their lives. For many students in these communities, intentional support through peer, faculty and staff mentoring is critical to their matriculation to graduation and success in their undergraduate career.

Become involved in S.M.A.R.T!

MENTEES: First-year students interested in being a Mentee, please complete the MENTEE PROFILE FORM.

MENTORS: If you will be sophomore, junior or senior and interested in serving as a SMART Mentor during the 2014-2015 academic year, please contact cfullwood@elon.edu.


If you have questions about the SMART Program, please contact smartmentoring@elon.edu

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