Established in 1994, the Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent (S.M.A.R.T.) program is a key initiative of Elon University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education. This program is eases the transition to Elon and enhances the social engagement and academic success of first-year students from diverse communities. Students who participate in SMART will:
Students who self-identify as, but not limited to, a member of underrepresented racially or ethnically diverse communities (i.e. Black/African/African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native American/American Indian, Multiracial, etc.)
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 2016-2017 academic year, click HERE to fill out an application. If you have more questions please contact Jamie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.