SMART Program (Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent)
What is SMART?
Established in 1994, the Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent (SMART.) program is a key initiative of Elon University’s Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education. This program eases the transition to Elon and enhances the social engagement and academic success of first-year students. Students who participate in SMART will:
- Receive guidance 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?
Students who identify as ALANAM (African-American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/American Indian, Alaskan Native, Multiracial)
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 marginalized 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 SMART!
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 2018-2019 academic year, please contact Brandon Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.