• Students on stage
  • Student and faculty photos

Black Student Mentoring Collaborative (BSMC)

  • Students on stage
  • Student and faculty photos

The Black Student Mentoring Collaborative is designed to provide a connection for first-year, black students in their transition to the UTM community by providing support and resources to increase their success and engagement with the university through mentorships with Black Faculty & Staff.

  1. Recruitment of Black Students
  2. Retention of Black Students
  3. Addressing micro aggressions, campus racial and psychological climates that impact Black Students.
  4. Promoting academic success leading to graduation.
  5. Encouraging student involvement in campus/communal activities
  6. Helping students find their voice/place here at UTM
  • September 3, 2019 – Application Deadline
  • September 11, 2019 – Mentee Reveal / Kick-off
  • September 25, 2019 – Mentee/Mentor Face to Face Meeting (F2F)
  • October 9, 2019 – F2F
  • October 23, 2019 – F2F
  • November 6, 2019 – F2F
  • November 20, 2019 – F2F
  • December 4, 2019 – BSMC Semester Wrap Up & Assessment Survey
  • December 13, 2019 – Black & Hispanic Student Graduation Ceremony @ 7pm
  • January 15, 2020 – Semester Kick-Off
  • January 29, 2020 – F2F
  • February 12, 2020 – F2F
  • February 26, 2020 – F2F
  • March 11, 2020 – F2F
  • March 25, 2020 – F2F
  • April 8, 2020 – F2F
  • April 22, 2020 – Mentee Send-off/Semester Wrap Up & Assessment Survey
  • May 1, 2020 – Black & Hispanic Student Graduation Ceremony @ 8pm

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

What does a mentor do?

The following are among the mentor’s functions:

  • Teaches the mentee about a specific issue
  • Coaches the mentee on a particular skill
  • Facilitates the mentee’s growth by sharing resources and networks
  • Challenges the mentee to move beyond his or her comfort zone
  • Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks
  • Focuses on the mentee’s total development

Mentor Standards:

  • Be available
  • Be understanding
  • Be a resource
  • Be engaging
  • Be supportive

Mentee Standards:

  • Respect time
    • Must make 80% of F2F Meetings
  • Communicate
  • Ask questions and engage