Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program

The Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program connects first-generation students, international students, and students of color with a peer mentor in the Michigan State University Honors College.

What is a mentor?
A mentor is an experienced student in the Honors College who connects with a small group of first-year 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 the First-Generation Honors Association (FGHA) and International Scholars Advisory Board (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, FGHA, & 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 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 the program kick-off event (Spring 2020: Wednesday, February 12 from 6:15-8:15PM, location TBA)
  • Attend at least 3 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 

Applications for the Fall 2019 program have closed. Please stay tuned for Spring 2020 application information in November.

Save the Date
Mark your calendar for events hosted by FGHA, ISAB, and the Honors College this year!

Upcoming Events

  • End-of-Semester Celebration/Finals Study Break | Wednesday, December 4 @ 6:00-8:00PM| Bessey Hall 106
    • Celebrate the end of the semester with FGHA, ISAB, and the Mental Health Collaborative! Participants of the Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program will be recognized before a de-stress activity hosted by FGHA, ISAB, and the Mental Health Collaborative. Light refreshments provided.
  • Spring 2020 Honors Navigators Kick-off | Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:15-8:15PM | Location TBA
    • Join FGHA & ISAB for the Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program Kick-Off where you’ll meet your mentor/mentee and learn about upcoming events hosted by the First-Generation Honors Association and the International Scholars Advisory Board.

Past Events

  • Fall 2019 Honors Navigators Kick-off | Wednesday, September 11 @ 6:00-8:00PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall (Honors College)
    • Join FGHA & ISAB for the Honors Navigators Peer Mentorship Program Kick-Off where you’ll meet your mentor/mentee and learn about upcoming events hosted by the First-Generation Honors Association and the International Scholars Advisory Board.
  • Carbs, Careers, & Connections | Wednesday, October 23 @ 6:00-7:30PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
    • Are you thinking about an internship or co-op? Interested in studying abroad or away at some point? Hear from Honors College alumni about experiences they took advantage of as students, how they’ve applied their involvement in their work since graduation, and opportunities to consider in your time at MSU.
  • Meet the E-board | Sunday, November 3 @ 6:00-8:00PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
    • Join us to learn more about the First-Generation Honors Association, upcoming events, and ways you can get involved (whether by sharing ideas, helping plan events for Spring 2020, or pursuing a leadership position)
  • National First-generation College Celebration | Friday, November 8 @ 9:00-11:00AM | Location TBA
  • Scholarships 101 | Tuesday, November 12 @ 6:30-8:00PM | 207/208 Eustace-Cole Hall
    • Grants and loans and the FAFSA, oh my! There’s a lot to remember when it comes to managing your money as a college student. Join this session to learn more about submitting campus scholarship applications, including the FAFSA, personal statements, and letters of recommendation.