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Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

Mentoring Program

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Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

Sykes Student Union, Room 003
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610)-436-3273

M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Mentoring Program


The purpose of the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center Mentoring Program at West Chester University (WCU) is to assist first-year and transfer multicultural (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American) students in their transition to WCU. The program is designed to aid in establishing a solid foundation for future success at the Univesity.

The program, which is open to all first-year and transfer multicultural students, aims to empower individual student participants by providing them with an upper-class 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 Multicultural Center Mentoring Program consists of three basic components. The first component is the first-year/transfer multicultural student (mentee). The second component is the upper-class 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 the Multicultural Center 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.

Established in 1994, the Mentoring Program in the Multicultural Center was formed to help multicultural students persist and graduate from West Chester University. The program was implemented by Jerome (Skip) Hutson and Rochelle Peterson. At that time the Mentoring Program only consisted of two components: the mentees (first-year students) and volunteer, faculty/staff mentors. In 1996, Dr. Kendrick Mickens joined the staff and a third component was added, the peer mentor component. This addition provided a successful academic peer liaison and role model for the first-year participates, and has become integral to the success of the program.

Office of Multicultural Affairs: I am a Mentor!

Mentees Benefits:

  • Alleviation of confusion & alienation as a new student on a new campus.
  • Enhanced academic performance.
  • Smooth transition and acclimation to the university campus and community
  • Acquire increased skills to be able to network with peers and professionals.
  • Obtain increased awareness of the value of interdependence and self-advocacy
  • Provided with the tools needed to have a successful college experience.
  • Introduced to positive role models who are students as well as professionals.
  • Increased awareness of the campus resources.
  • Increased awareness and understanding of their student rights.

First Year and Transfer students interested in becoming a mentee in the Multicultural Mentoring Program please complete the Mentee Enrollment Form.

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Peer Mentors

Mentors Benefits

  • Afforded opportunities to have a positive effect on an individual's life.
  • Serve as a resource for new students and increase awareness of the campus resources.
  • Serve as a resource and guide in informing new students of various ways to communicate with peers and professionals effectively.
  • Assist with avoiding common academic, social, and, personal pitfalls.
  • Assist with gaining a greater appreciation of the importance of interdependence.
  • Develop a true sense of "giving back" to the community.
  • Acquire an increased appreciation for people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience personal satisfied from making a positive difference.
  • Enhance leadership and coaching skills.

Peer Mentor Job Description

Peer Mentor Position Qualifications and Requirements

Hiring Period: Spring Semester of each academic year

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Mentors Benefits

  • Demonstrate through role modeling, that new students are valued members of the university community.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to personal and academic development of self and mentees.
  • Afforded the opportunity to have a positive impact on mentees' success and achievements.
  • Acquire an increased appreciation for people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Create new support networks for the peer mentor and mentees.
  • Assist mentees in becoming acclimated to the campus community and aware of campus resources.
  • Assist mentees in avoiding common academic, social, and personal pitfalls.
  • Provides intrinsic satisfaction (makes you feel good) by helping an emerging new student develop to his/her potential.
  • Ability to lead mentees to a higher level of thinking.

Faculty/Staff Mentoring Resources

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