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, Pell-eligible students, and students of color are supported with additional programming offered by 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 a short 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 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, 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.

Program Expectations
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 (early December; online)

Fall 2020 Applications
While Fall 2020 applications have closed, students interested in connecting with a mentor or mentee can contact 
Erika Trigg Crews (ecrews@msu.edu) or Sadiq Mohammed (mohamm61@msu.edu) to explore a match for this semester. Application information for Spring 2021 will be available in December.