Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program
The Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program connects first-year students and eligible second-year students with a peer mentor in the Michigan State University Honors College. Academic Scholars Program students, first-generation students, international students, and students of color are supported with additional programming offered by the ASP Advisory Council, the First-Generation Honors Association (FGHA), the Honors Students of Color Coalition (HSOCC), and the International Scholars Advisory Board (ISAB).
What is a mentor?
A mentor is an experienced student in the Honors College who connects with a small group of students for individualized support. Mentors help students succeed by sharing their personal stories & experiences, as well as challenging students to critically engage in their own experiences within & beyond the University.
Mentors participate in an asynchronous training session to help them reflect on their own experiences that will support their mentees academically, socially, and professionally.
Why have a mentor?
Each semester, the goals of the program are:
- Academic readiness – mentees are connected with resources like help rooms & tutoring and join their mentors in attending study nights hosted by ASPAC, FGHA, HSOCC, and ISAB
- Community building – while navigating a campus of 50,000 students, mentees join fellow Honors Navigators in attending academic, social, & professional development events hosted around campus and by the Honors College & Academic Scholars Program, ASPAC, FGHA, HSOCC, and ISAB throughout the year
- Establish social connections – mentees have ownership of the nature of their mentorship experience, whether it be friendship, connection to resources, advice on academic opportunities, anything else or all of the above; mentors help guide students in their transition and connect mentees to staff & programs best designed to support them
As a first-year student, you don’t know what you don’t know. Your mentor can serve as one member of your support network, available to answer questions about MSU & the Honors College/Academic Scholars Program and point you in the direction of people & places that can help you succeed.
Members of the Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program are expected to:
- Attend at least 3 online or in-person social/academic events throughout the semester
- Respond to program-related communication from Honors College staff and their mentor/mentee
- Complete mid-semester and end-of-semester program evaluations
- Attend the end-of-semester celebration
Spring 2024 Process
- Mentor applications – due data TBA
- Mentor training presentation review & quiz completion due date TBA
- Mentee applications – due date TBA
Mentees review mentor profiles and express preference in their match and final matches are announced within two weeks, in advance of the Spring Kick-off event.