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Mentoring Programs

Mentoring Programs Available on Campus

Students can participate both as a Mentee and as a Mentor. Some programs listed are to develop relations between NIU undergraduates with NIU Alumni, others are for Graduate students at NIU, and finally some are for NIU undergraduates to connect with other current NIU students.

Programs for:

Asian American Center - "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program
The "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program was designed to assist first year Asian American students with their transition to college, develop a sense of belonging and racial identity at NIU, and encourage academic success and social well-being among first year Asian American college students. For more information contact Michelle Bringas.

CHANCE –  P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. PMP
Through P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. PMP, selected upper classmen mentor incoming freshmen through programming, weekly communication and academic support. For more information, contact Denise Hayman.

Huskie Service Scholars
Become a Huskie Service Scholar Both Peer mentors and fellows make a difference wherever they go by helping complete 300 hours of service at a campus partner site. Peer mentors help students get acclimated to campus life and use available resources. For more information contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

METAS – Latino Resource Center
Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS) is an organization that helps new students make a successful academic and social transition to life at NIU. This program includes a focus on assisting incoming Latino freshman students with the transition to NIU by pairing them with upperclassmen (mentor) who will share resources with Latino freshman. For more information, contact the Latino Resource Center.

Mentoring Valuable Peers (MVP)
Mentoring Valuable Peers (MVP) is a program designed to pair experienced college students (mentors) with new and incoming college students (mentees).  The hope of the program is to combine leadership and mentorship to enhance the college experience of both the mentors and mentees. For more information contact LaBrian Carrington.

REACH
REACH is upper division student callers contact new students and inquire how students are doing academically and socially, answering questions and addressing concerns, and recommending resources. For more information, contact the REACH staff.

Research Rookies
Peer Leaders assist first-year Research Rookies (freshmen, sophomores, and first-semester transfer students) to gain an understanding of the research process in their field of study and with required programmatic aspects such as writing the formal research proposal. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

Student Faculty-Links
Student Faculty-Links provides an opportunity for students to connect one-on-one with a NIU faculty or staff member who can help them, learn the ropes of university life and how to get involved on campus, find answers to academic and personal questions, locate and use university and community resources, set goals, and learn how to succeed at NIU. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan)
Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan) pairs upper-level African-American students with younger students in the same majors. For more information, contact Regina Curry.

Themed Learning Communities
A TLC or Themed Learning Community is a group of two or three courses taken in conjunction in order to examine a common theme across disciplines like the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. TLC Students build intellectual and social relationships with fellow TLC classmates through common interest and increased time together.  For more information, contact the OSEEL office.

UNIV 101
UNIV 101 is a one-credit, 12-week course with educators who are both faculty and staff members at NIU. The UNIV 101 educators are accompanied by undergraduate mentors who help educate and integrate first-year transfer students to NIU. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

Research Rookies
Peer mentors assist new Research Rookies with their research proposals and gain an understanding of the research process in their field of study. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning.

Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan)
Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan) pairs upper-level African-American students with younger students in the same majors. For more information contact Regina Curry.

Beta Alpha Psi Mentorship Program
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary accountancy society. We assign mentors to people who are first semester juniors to help them cope the demands of the accountancy program. For more information contact Donald Tidrick.

UNIV 101/201 Peer Educators
Peer Educators (PEs) are successful upper-division students who are interested in helping new students adapt to life at NIU. PEs help with either a UNIV 101 or UNIV 201 course which emphasize the experiences and skills that are expected to help each student in his or her transition to NIU. They assist an educator with planning course activities, facilitating class discussions and providing information to students on a peer level. PEs also serve as resources and models of success for students who may be uncertain about their ability to make this transition. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

NIU Service Leaders
NIU Service Leaders is a Federal Work-Study program for eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors that provides opportunities to engage with local high schools, middle schools, and organizations that serve predominantly DeKalb county youth. As mentors, students also teach civics and civic participation and tutor in reading and literacy. Students work in teams at various community sites and meet monthly during cohort meetings geared toward professional development and academic resources. Each team is led by a Peer Mentor who facilitates additional team meetings and group reflection on their service experience. For more information contact us at  815-753-8154 or engage@niu.edu

Huskie Service Scholars
Huskie Service Scholars are peer mentors serve alongside fellows as they complete 300 hours of service at a campus partner site.  Peer mentors help students get acclimated to campus life and use available resources. For more information contact the OSEEL office.

REACH
REACH is upper division student callers contact new students and inquire how students are doing academically and socially, answering questions and addressing concerns, and recommending resources. For more information contact the REACH staff.

Research Rookies
Peer mentors assist new Research Rookies with their research proposals and gain an understanding of the research process in their field of study. For more information contact the OSEEL office.

Transfer2Transfer (T2T)
Transfer2Transfer (T2T) matches transfer students with another student who has successfully transferred to Northern within the past year. This is an informal program where transfer students can communicate and meet as often as they would like and have the opportunity to attend formal events planned by First- and Second-Year Experience. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

UNIV 201
UNIV 201 is a one-credit, 12-week course with instructors who are both faculty and staff members at NIU. The UNIV 201 instructors are accompanied by undergraduate mentors who help educate and integrate first-year transfer students to NIU. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

The Military and Post Traditional Student Services Mentorship Program encourages positive student-to-student relationships, academic success and professional development. The program allows students to choose what type of mentor they would wish based on their experience. It specializes connecting military students, off-campus students, commuter students, student parents and transfer students. For more information contact Jeffrey Salmon.

English Graduate Student Association (EGSN)
All graduate students in the Department of English are members of the English Graduate Student Association by virtue of their enrollment in the program.  Activities vary depending on the concerns of the current graduate students and the EGSA officers. Past activities have included: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; getting graduate students together for informal social events; supporting the MCLLM conference and the various discussion groups in the department; and writing and producing the EGSA Stencil Newsletter. Get more information about the English Graduate Student Association.

Graduate Student History Association
The Graduate Student History Association provides informal mentoring to undergraduates, particularly those interested in pursuing graduate study. For more information contact Ian Burns.

Graduate Student Leaders (GSLs)
Graduate Student Leaders work collaboratively on a UNIV 101/201 teaching team. Graduate Student Leaders help implement the curriculum, facilitate class discussions and apply student development theory to practice in a first-year classroom. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.

College of Law Mentor Program
The mission of the College of Law Mentor Program is to promote professional relations between students and practitioners. The hope is that the program will help the students, particularly first-generation law students, make a successful transition to law school and allow them to begin to focus on their career goals. For more information please contact Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

Programs listed by:

Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Peer Tutoring
Undergraduate students can receive tutoring services from peers when the 339 Wirtz lab is open. The schedule changes each semester and is based on tutors' availability. Current semester hours.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) - Northern Prairie Alliance is an organization with a focus on bettering the life of the nursing student here at NIU through advocacy, inclusion, education, and service to others. With a focus on professional development and academic success, this chapter of AAMN still allows students to embrace the social aspects of nursing school without disruption of studies.  Bonding with peers outside one's track, dealing with the stresses of nursing school in a healthy way, and developing a skill-set that cannot be taught in a classroom are a few of the perks this nursing student organization offers. Get more information about American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

Northern Illinois Athletic Trainer's Student Association
The Northern Illinois Athletic Trainer's Student Association (NIATSA) provides educational services and resources to athletic training students and athletic training majors, while educating the community about the field of Athletic Training. For information, contact Roger Kalisiak.

Biology - Phi Sigma Honor Society
Phi Sigma Honor Society is a cross-section of undergraduate and graduate students and professional people with unique interests and experience in biology. As such, they can offer a wealth of perspectives that can assist you in your career development. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity for social, educational, and professional advancement!  For more information, please contact Dr. Ken Gasser. Get more information about Biology Phi Sigma Honor Society or contact Ken Gasser at kgasser@niu.edu.

NIU Chemistry Club
The NIU Chemistry Club helps students understand the study of chemistry. For more information contact Devon Boland.

English Graduate Student Association (EGSN)
All graduate students in the Department of English are members of the English Graduate Student Association by virtue of their enrollment in the program.  Activities vary depending on the concerns of the current graduate students and the EGSA officers. Past activities have included: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; getting graduate students together for informal social events; supporting the MCLLM conference and the various discussion groups in the department; and writing and producing the EGSA Stencil Newsletter. Get more information about English Graduate Student Association.

Department of Finance
The Department of Finance offers Free tutoring services for finance students who need additional academic support. Peer Assistants are finance seniors who facilitate small study group sessions as well as one-on-one tutoring, and promote good study skills, review finance course content, and help their fellow students with test/assignment preparations For more information contact Christy Cunningham.

Student Health Organization
Participate in and promote health activities and topics with the Student Health Organization. For more information contact Andrea Hein.

History Club
The departmental History Club has developed an excellent peer mentoring system that, while rather informal, has been highly effective. The group recruits new freshmen majors and transfer majors to the club and provides peer mentoring related to coursework, navigating the major, succeeding in college, and providing service back to the History Department and Community. For more information contact Jessie Shattuck.

College of Law Mentor Program
The mission of the College of Law Mentor Program is to promote professional relations between students and practitioners. The hope is that the program will help the students, particularly first-generation law students, make a successful transition to law school and allow them to begin to focus on their career goals. For more information please contact Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

MGMT Coaching Network
The MGMT Coaching Network is for second semester junior and senior level students who are in upper division MGMT program are trained by a professor or faculty advisor and matched with volunteer mentees.  Mentors provide peer coaching on study and test taking habits, acclimate transfer students to NIU and the College of Business, and serve as a resource to on campus services such as tutoring, counseling and organizations. For more information contact mgmt@niu.edu.

Political Science
The Department of Political Science’s Mentorship Program matches current junior or senior Political Science majors with NIU alumni and friends of the Department. The program is designed to provide students with invaluable professional development advice and opportunities by tapping into our pool of talented and successful alumni. Students will receive advice on resume building, interview techniques, and developing professional behavior. Students will also profit from industry knowledge in the field in which they wish to succeed, and often have the opportunity to network and participate in shadowing experiences.

Pre Professional Association
Pre Professional Association provides information regarding professional schools to students interested in any area of healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to, information about post-graduate schools, alternative career choices and possible scholarships and internships available. The group also serves as a way to network students to post-graduate schools, as well as other students with the same goals. Meetings are informational in nature, with field trips scheduled throughout the semester. Questions? Please contact Ken Gasser at kgasser@niu.edu. 

Student Nurses' Organization (SNO)
The purpose of the Student Nurses' Organization is to aid in development and growth of the individual student by providing programs of intellectual and professional interest; to promote professional and social unity among the student nurses on campus; to promote among student nurses an understanding of and an interest in local, national and professional organizations; to act as the official representative of the student body of the NIU School of Nursing; and to promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities. Get more information about the Student Nurses' Organization.

Student Psychological Association
The Student Psychological Association is a student run organization that provides skills and experience to undergraduate students interested in psychology. For more information contact Angela Grippo.

Asian American Center - "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program
The "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program was designed to assist first year Asian American students with their transition to college, develop a sense of belonging and racial identity at NIU and encourage academic success and social well-being among first year Asian American college students. For more information contact Michelle Bringas.

Black Male Initiative
BMI is a mentoring organization focused on the graduation progress of its participants.  Through meaningful campus involvement, academic recognition, community service and social interaction the organization seeks to keep its members engaged and persisting toward degree completion.  The primary target group are African American male students, however, others are welcome to participate.  For more information contact Don Bramlett.

Success and Succeed Plan (S-Plan)
The Success and Succeed Plan (S-Plan) is a program founded by the Center for Black Studies with the goal of preparing upper-level African-American students with incoming students in the same major to help with the transition and completion of college. For more information contact Regina Curry.

SoL (Supporting Opportunities for Latinos)
SoL is a mentoring organization focused on the graduation progress of its participants.  Through meaningful campus involvement, academic recognition, community service and social interaction the organization seeks to keep its members engaged and persisting toward degree completion.  The primary target group are Latino male students, however, others are welcome to participate. For more information contact Don Bramlett.  

METAS – Latino Resource Center
Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS) is an organization that helps new students make a successful academic and social transition to life at NIU. This program includes a focus on assisting incoming Latino freshman students with the transition to NIU by pairing them with upperclassmen (mentor) who will share resources with Latino freshman. For more information, contact the Latino Resource Center.

Beta Alpha Psi Mentorship Program
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary accountancy society. We assign mentors to people who are first semester juniors to help them cope the demands of the accountancy program. For more information contact Donald Tidrick.

College Parent’s Group
College Parent’s Group meets at the Northern View Community Center and helps their students by providing development workshops, guest speakers, community service, fundraisers, enrichment activities, study groups, family resources and We Care Pregnancy presentations for students. For more information contact Ramona Walton-Fykes.

Course Transformation Project
The Course Transformation Project has peer mentors arrange study sessions on a weekly basis. They attend one class and a weekly staff meeting, in addition to working with faculty. For more information contact Charles Stapleton.

LGBT – Q connect
LGBT – Q connect mentors serve as educational topic series peer facilitators. For more information contact the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

NIU Student and Alumni Mentorship and Coaching Program
The NIU Student and Alumni Mentorship and Coaching Program connects NIU alumni with current NIU students to give them hands on mentorship and coaching. Members should join the group with the understanding that all existing members are both open to coaching opportunities. For more information contact Mike Glassberg.

UNIV 101/201 Peer Instructors
Peer Instructors (PIs) are successful upper-division students who are interested in helping new students adapt to life at NIU. PIs help with either a UNIV 101 or UNIV 201 course which emphasize the experiences and skills that are expected to help each student in his or her transition to NIU. They assist an instructor with planning course activities, facilitating class discussions and providing information to students on a peer level. PIs also serve as resources and models of success for students who may be uncertain about their ability to make this transition. For more information contact First- and Second-Year Experience.