Nia is a mentoring program designed to assist first-year African American women at Southwestern University with academic, cultural and emotional support during their transition from high school to college and to promote cultural awareness and understanding of issues that impact African Americans at SU and throughout the US.
Research has shown that mentoring women and minorities is crucial to enhancing career and personal development because it provides informal channels of communication and social networks while perpetuating culture. Nia exists to give academic, cultural and emotional support to first year African American women and its main goal is to help African American femails get the most out of their Southwestern University experience.
What Does Nia Have to Offer You?
First year African American females will be paired with an African American mentor who is an upper-class student at Southwestern
Meetings are held every month in teh fall semester and every other month in the spring semester. Occasionally, guest speakers will be invited to meetings.
Service Learning Projects
Nia offers the opportunity for its members to travel throughout the United States to participate in service learning projects.
The Kitchen Table
The Kitchen Table is a forun that gives students the opportunity to gather around the table with professors and others from the Southwestern community to discuss issues of concern and interest.
As a group, Nia participates in at least one voluneer opportunity a semester. Possible volunteer activities include, but are not limited to, volunteering at a homeless shelter, sposoring a birthday party for abused and neglected children, and participating in a walk-a-thon to raise money for cancer research.
"The Next Step" Newsletter
"The Next Step" is Nia's monthly newsletter. It addresses issues of concern to African Americans at Southwestern and beyond.
Social Events will be used to foster continued growth and development of the mentoring relationships. These events consist of bowling, dances, dinners or conferences.