The purpose of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Mentoring Program at West Chester University (WCU) is to assist first-year and transfer students of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American (multicultural) descent in making a successful transition to WCU.
The program, which is open to all first-year and transfer multicultural students, aims to empower individual student participants by providing them with a upperclassmen student (Peer mentor), a member of WCU's faculty/staff and multicultural student body who will guide, offer information, and support the student throughout his/her initial year of enrollment.
Our office strongly believes that the contributions of a multicultural student who has earned 24 or more credits and a faculty/staff member will result in a significant increase in the number of multicultural students achieving success at WCU, both inside and outside of the classroom.
The OMA Mentoring Program consists of three basic components. The first component is the First Year/ Transfer multicultural student (mentee). The second component is the upperclassmen student (peer mentor). The third and optional component is comprised of the faculty/staff mentors. Mentors on each level strive to assist first-year and transfer multicultural student in his/her academic, career, personal, and social endeavors during their initial year of enrollment at WCU.
The Mentoring Program in OMA was formed in 1994 due to a need for increased retention and graduation rates, and student engagement amongst the multicultural students at West Chester University. The Mentoring Program was implemented by Jerome (Skip) Hutson and Rochelle Peterson. At that time the mentoring Program only consisted of two components: the Mentee (student) and a Faculty/Staff component.
In 1996, Dr. Kendrick Mickens added a third component, the Peer Mentor component to the Mentoring Program to offer a successful academic peer liaison and role model for those students participating in the program.