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Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

Mentoring Program

Contact Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center  

Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

Address:
Sykes Student Union, Room 003
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: (610)-436-3273
Email: multiculture@wcupa.edu


Hours:
M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

Mentoring Program

Peer Mentors 2018

Purpose

The purpose of the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center (LADMC) established in 1994 is to assist first-year and transfer multicultural (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American) students in their transition to West Chester University.   The program which is open to all first-year and transfer multicultural students, aims to empower individual student participants by providing them with an upper-class student (peer mentor) who will guide, offer information, and support the student throughout his/her initial year of enrollment.  The mentees will have access to other resources such as tutoring, skill building workshops and opportunities to interact with Faculty and Staff outside of the classroom.

Our office strongly believes that the contributions of a multicultural student who has earned 24 or more credits and a faculty/staff member will result in a significant increase in the number of multicultural students achieving success at WCU, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Design

Each Peer Mentor is assigned  a group of 8 - 12 mentees.   Although the Peer Mentor/Mentee assignments are random, some factors considered are intended major, hobbies/activities, and other areas of interests.

History

Established in 1994, the Mentoring Program in the Multicultural Center was formed to help multicultural students persist and graduate from West Chester University. The program was implemented by Jerome (Skip) Hutson and Rochelle Peterson. At that time the Mentoring Program only consisted of two components: the mentees (first-year students) and volunteer, faculty/staff mentors. In 1996, Dr. Kendrick Mickens joined the staff and a third component was added, the peer mentor component. This addition provided a successful academic peer liaison and role model for the first-year participates, and has become integral to the success of the program.

Office of Multicultural Affairs: I am a Mentor!Play video

Mentees Benefits

  • Smooth transition and acclimation to the university campus and community
  • Enhanced academic performance.
  • Develop communication skills to be able to network with peers and professionals.
  • Increased awareness of the value of interdependence and self-advocacy
  • Introduced to positive student and professional role model.
  • Increased awareness of the campus resources.
  • Increased awareness and understanding of their student rights/responsibilities.
  • Provided with the tools needed to have a successful college experience.

First Year and Transfer students interested in becoming a mentee in the Multicultural Mentoring Program please complete the Mentee Enrollment Form.

Enroll NOW as Mentee

Peer Mentors Benefits

  • Opportunity to give back and have a positive impact on an individual's life.
  • Increase awareness of campus resources by helping mentees access available services and programs.
  • Serve as a resource and guide in informing new students of various ways to communicate with peers and professionals effectively.
  • Increase individual and group communication skills with peers.
  • Acquire an increased appreciation for diversity and inclusion.
  • Enhance leadership and coaching skills.

2018-2019 Peer Mentor Application

Peer Mentor Job Description

Peer Mentor Position Qualifications and Requirements

Hiring Period: Spring Semester of each academic year

New 2018-2019 Peer Mentors

Angelica Andrews

Angelica Andrews

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Accounting

Brittany Atkinson

Brittany Atkinson

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Computer Science

Angelyn Dawkins

Angelyn Dawkins

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Business Marketing & Management

Deana-Lee Forbes

Deana-Lee Forbes

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: History

Hassan Gomes

Hassan Gomes

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Communication Studies

Kaylah Gooden

Kaylah Gooden

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Communication Studies

Corey Hammond

Corey Hammond

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Professional Studies

Blake Harley

Blake Harley

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Political Science

Sydney Harrison

Sydney Harrison

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Psychology

Ndifreke Ikpe

Ndifreke Ikpe

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Public Health

Matthew Irizarry

Matthew Irizarry

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Communication Studies

Antoinette Jackson

Antoinette Jackson

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Pre Business & Finance

Jordan Jackson-White

Jordan Jackson-White

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Marketing

Naarah Knuckles

Naarah Knuckles

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Communication Studies

Elliot Mason

Elliot Mason

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Kinesiology

Briana Morales

Briana Morales

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Criminal Justice

Marques Peacock

Marques Peacock

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Professional Studies

D'yon Pittman

D'yon Pittman

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Communication Studies

Travis Robinson

Travis Robinson

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Business Marketing

Jilliam Root

Jilliam Root

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Cell & Molecular Biology

LeAnna Ross

LeAnna Ross

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Biology

Mariah Ross

Mariah Ross

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Biology

Nyara Sparks

Nyara Sparks

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Criminal Justice

Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Psychology
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