|Submission Date||Aug. 19, 2011|
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups
Dean for Students
Pace University Pleasantville
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the student body:
In 2009, Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) on the city campus launched the OMA Mentoring Program for historically underrepresented students of color. This initiative was born out of a series of informal and formal conversations with students of color and their feelings of marginalization within Pace. It should be noted that most of the students engaged in these dialogues were active in student organizations. The outcome was the development of a mentoring program for Black, Latino, and Native American students. It should be noted, however, that no student will be declined if s/he expresses an interest in the program.
In its initial phase, all students who identified as historically underrepresented were mailed a program brochure and personalized letter. Currently, in its second year, OMA provided outreach to first year and transfer students. Currently, students are matched with a staff or faculty mentor; ideally, they meet/communicate once per month. Some of the program offerings include:
• Tips on transitioning to college life;
• Insight into future professions and networking opportunities;
• Participation in cultural activities and conferences;
• Assistance with completing graduate school applications;
• Academic support and scholarly advice.
For Fall 2010, the following workshops were sponsored:
• The Importance of Getting to Know Your Professor;
• Foundation Center: How to Subsidize Your Education (field-trip)
On the Pleasantville campus there is a mentor program as well called AALANA- African-American, Latino, Asian, Native American). The AALANA Mentorship Program is designed to assist first year students in better acclimating to the college environment while provide guidance and support that promote students development. First year students are mentored by fellow returning students. Through casual and more formal interaction mentors provide guidance and support to mentees. The program is committed to the academic enrichment, cultural enlightenment and advocacy of students. AALANA primarily addresses first year underrepresented student but is open to all student identity categories as both a mentee and mentor.
The Pleasantville campus also has a peer educators
program designed for students to present educational programs to fellow students about alcohol and other drugs as well as issues and ideas related to diversity. Peers are selected based on an application process and present events and programs to better engage the larger students population.
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the faculty:
Some of our underrepresented faculty participate in the city campus mentoring program.
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the staff:
Some of our underrepresented staff participate in the city campus mentoring program.
The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :
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