Our office offers a variety of programs and services that support student academic success and enhance the college learning experience.
We invite you to join and participate in diverse extracurricular, co-curricular, and curricular programs that offer leadership opportunities, identity exploration, and development; promote multicultural education; enhance student retention; and provide venues for social action, service, and collaborative endeavors. In the process, you will meet caring and dedicated faculty and staff and develop special friendships with other students — “friends that will last a lifetime!” So come and be involved! OMP is the place to be!
What is it?
SMART stands for Student Mentoring And Retention Team. A student’s transition from high school to college can be overwhelming, scary, and stressful, especially if the student is the first in their family to attend college and/or if a student is from an underrepresented group. The SMART Scholars Program offers a support system that will ease the transition of new students into campus life and the rigors of academics.
How does mentoring work?
Students who participate are known as Peer Mentees. Peer Mentees are paired up with a trained junior or senior Valparaiso University student who serves as a Peer Mentor Scholar. Peer Mentor Scholars are students who have successfully navigated their way through their first year at Valpo and can help incoming students succeed. Every attempt is made to pair a new student with a Peer Mentor Scholar who has similar interests and/or a similar major.
Peer Mentor Scholars provide guidance and support to enhance the first-year experience, such as:
- Personal perspectives on how to cope with student life issues
- Sharing successful strategies to enhance academic success
- Providing information or referral to appropriate services
- Linking students to campus organizations and leadership opportunities
- Helping plan events and social gatherings to build community
- Serving as a liaison between the mentee and the Multicultural Programs office.
Who can participate?
Anyone can join. The program strongly encourages first-generation college students to participate. Research shows that students are more likely to succeed in college if they are involved in a mentoring program.
Broaden your cultural perspective, enhance your leadership skills, and develop lifelong friendships by attending and participating in the many events sponsored by Multicultural Programs and Valpo’s multicultural student organizations. All events are open to all students, faculty, staff, and community.
2016-2017 Events Calendar
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