Mentoring Program

 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Center

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Center (the JEDI center) promotes diversity and social justice initiatives on campus and in their community. The JEDI center develops programs, sits on various committees, and facilitates training and workshops. The peer-to-peer mentoring program cultivates self-evaluation, positive reinforcement, growth mindsets, and provides validation of lived experiences from peer mentors to mentees. This program seeks to help you achieve building a professional network, develop and enhance professional and communication skills, connect academics to career goals, explore new ideas and areas of interest, and gain exposure to career options, advice, and job search tips.

The mission of the peer-to-peer mentoring program is to assist first-year, historically underrepresented students (i.e. domestic ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ students, and students with disabilities) in their transition to Southwestern and surrounding communities.

To increase personal growth, retention, and self-authorship in underrepresented students by creating a sense of belonging, providing professional development, providing direct support and resources, and building a sense of community.

The mentors will be paired with a first-year underrepresented student. The matched students will be determined based on self-identified interests, majors, background, academics, and professional aspirations. The duration of these mentorships is the summer and fall semesters.


The mentoring program will provide student engagement through campus events, activities, and programming. The program will also encourage mentors to take their mentees to campus events and programs throughout the community. Mentors are expected to take mentees to at least one event a month. In addition, mentors and mentees will participate in bi-weekly professional development, to share resources on how to navigate the campus, best practices on how to continue to develop and foster relationships with others, academic support, and career development.

Goals of the mentoring program:

  • Assist students in their effort to build relationships between other students, the university, and the community.
  • Help students understand what a sense of belonging may look like for them.
  • Connect students to campus resources, events, services, and programs.
  • Support retention efforts for underrepresented students.