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.
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.