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 asychronous 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 

Fall 2021 Process

  • Mentor applications - due Friday, September 3 @ 11:59PM ET
    • Mentor training presentation review & quiz completion due Saturday, September 4
  • Mentee applications - due Sunday, September 12 @ 11:59PM ET

Mentees will select their mentor via our virtual process September 14-17 (details TBA). Final matches will be announced around September 21 in advance of the Fall Kick-off event. 

Please contact Erika Crews (ecrews@msu.edu) or Sadiq Mohammed (mohamm61@msu.edu) with any questions.