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The REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Peer Mentoring program is a a 1-credit hour course (EDHI 401 800) designed to assist participants in successfully transitioning to life as a Ball State student.

The program helps first-year students adjust to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges, with a focus on the experiences of students of color and first-generation college students. EDHI 401 800 is offered online asynchronous.

Program Goals

  • Connect first-year students with an upper-class mentor, who will help guide them through the transition to life at Ball State University
  • Provide intentional interactions with mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who encourage and support mentees through their unique cultural journey through college
  • Inform mentees of academic, social, and personal resources to help them successfully navigate university systems and processes
  • Help retain and graduate mentees through four years at Ball State University

Join the Program

Mentees

Requirements

As a mentee, you will need to:

  • Register for EDHI 401 800: REACH for Student Success

Sign Up

First-year students receive information about the REACH program during Orientation and through email.

To register: 

1.         Log into mybsu.edu, then go to “Self-Service Banner” and click on “student”,

2.         Click on “course/add withdrawal”

3.         Under the section “add classes worksheet”, type in the CRN which is “32293”

 

Priority is given to students who participate in the EXCEL Mentoring Program

 

Requirements

As a peer mentor, you will need to:

  • Serve as a resource and guide for assigned first year students.
  • Serve as a role model in actions and words.
  • Initiate bi-weekly check-ins with students via multiple forms of communication.
  • Outreach to assigned students who are at risk as defined by Map-Works indicators, midterm deficiencies in fall and spring, and those who are not registered for the next academic year.
  • Connect students to appropriate opportunities to engage in curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Serve as a liaison between students and the Multicultural Center.
  • Attend training in August.

Qualifications

  • maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • 30+ credits completed
  • be familiar with campus resources
  • be involved in a minimum of one curricular or co-curricular opportunity for a minimum of 2 semesters
  • possess a basic knowledge of and care about issues that affect students of color and marginalized communities
  • support the mission and work of the Multicultural Center
  • demonstrate strong interpersonal skills

REACH mentors will be recognized for their efforts through letters of recommendation and references that reflect their work effort. They will also receive recognition at the annual Achievement Awards and many other unique opportunities through the Multicultural Center and Division of Student Affairs.