Engagement with faculty is a key to student success and the transition to college can be especially difficult for students with disabilities. This is why we offer the Faculty Mentorship Program for first-semester freshmen with disabilities.
The program assigns faculty mentors to each participating student. These mentors regularly meet with their students and help them with the complexities of the academic experience at a university
Close to 50 faculty members have worked one-on-one with more than 400 students since the program began. The faculty mentors, who have been highly trained, give students a sense of belonging to the University community and a better understanding of the academic expectations.
- personalizing the University experience for students with disabilities
- assisting students in understanding and meeting the academic challenges and expectations of college students
- connecting the departmental major to future occupational goals
- informing students about requirements of students majoring in the faculty member's department as well as student clubs, organizations, and internships available with that major
I have been involved with students with disabilities for many years through pre-admission visits, tutoring, workshops, and supervising test accommodations. The value of this program was readily apparent to me. This is a win-win program for students and faculty members. Everyone involved can learn from one another.
retired coordinator of Writing and Study Strategies
Whether you’re a student or faculty member interested in joining this program, call or email us in the Office of Disability Services to sign up.