The SMART Mentoring 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 Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education. This program has a 26 year legacy of easing the transition of students of color to Elon and enhances the social engagement and academic success of first-year and transfer students. Students who participate in SMART will:

  • Receive guidance from an upperclassmen through peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Enhance their social, academic and leadership experiences
  • Be exposed to campus and community resources, and other leadership opportunities
  • Develop individual bonds and strengthen and a strong sense of belonging on campus
  • Deepen their understanding of personal identities and the identities of others

Who Joins SMART?

SMART is designed to support the needs of students who identify with the ALANAM (African-American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/American Indian, Alaskan Native, Multiracial) community.

Why Should I Join SMART?

There are complexities associated with being a student in a new environment. According to research conducted at Elon and college campuses nationwide, students from different populations experience 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 color of all interests, majors, and identities 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.

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Become Involved in SMART!

Do you want to have a Mentor?

Current first-year and transfer students interested in being a Mentee, should complete the Mentee Profile Form to join the program.

Do you want to be a Mentor?

If you will be a rising sophomore, junior or senior and interested in serving as a SMART Mentor during the 2022-2023 academic year, please complete the SMART Mentor application or contact Odaly Rivas at for more information.