The purpose of the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center (LDMC) established in 1994
is to assist first-year and transfer multicultural (African-American, Asian-American,
Latino, and Native American) students in their transition to West Chester University. 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) who will guide, offer information, and support the student throughout
his/her initial year of enrollment. The mentees will have access to other resources
such as tutoring, skill building workshops and opportunities to interact with Faculty
and Staff outside of the classroom.
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.
Each Peer Mentor is assigned a group of 8 - 12 mentees. Although the Peer Mentor/Mentee
assignments are random, some factors considered are intended major, hobbies/activities,
and other areas of interests.
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.
Smooth transition and acclimation to the university campus and community
Enhanced academic performance.
Develop communication skills to be able to network with peers and professionals.
Increased awareness of the value of interdependence and self-advocacy
Introduced to positive student and professional role model.
Increased awareness of the campus resources.
Increased awareness and understanding of their student rights/responsibilities.
Provided with the tools needed to have a successful college experience.
First Year and Transfer students interested in becoming a mentee in the Multicultural
Mentoring Program please complete the Mentee Enrollment Form.