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.
SMART works primarily with Elon students who self- identify as a member in one or more of the following communities:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the SMART Program, please contact email@example.com