July 19, 2023

First-Generation Mentorship Program

The Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement (IME) office is excited to launch a First-Generation Mentorship program and we are calling upon all first-generation staff, faculty, and alum!

Program Purpose:

L&C’s First-Generation Mentorship Program aims to bridge the generational gap by supporting our first-generation college students. By sharing insider knowledge regarding industries, institutional knowledge of higher education, and navigating complex societal systems; first-generation college students enrolled in our mentorship program will be in the good hands of their mentors and in the community of other first-generation individuals.

Defining first-generation is never a simple task as there are multiple definitions. We define First-Generation college students as someone whose parents or guardians did not earn a 4-year degree.

If you identify as first-generation and are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete this interest form here. By expressing interest, you are not obligated to participate. We will have an informational meeting for those who are interested in Monday, August 21 st at 11:00am via Zoom or in-person.

Mentors can be first-generation from any of our three campuses:

  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Alumni

How will this work?

  • Mentors will be paired with no more than 3 first-generation students (mentees)
  • Mentors should reach out to their mentees once a month (via text, email, phone call, video call, or in person).
  • Mentees should reach out to their mentor anytime they are seeking advice, feeling doubt, or have a question but don’t know who to turn to. Whenever they are feeling imposture syndrome. This is a two-way street, so please be proactive in reaching out to your mentor if you want to say hello!
  • All participants will be invited to join a community meal once a semester.
  • Mentees are required to complete a set of tasks each school year (an IME staff member will be tracking each mentee)
    • First-year = Visit the Career Center to learn about resources
    • Second-year = Develop a resume and cover letter with support from Career Center
    • Third-year = Research post-college plans (graduate school, employment, volunteer, internships, travel, etc.).
    • Fourth-year = Conduct 2 informational interviews with organizations they’re interested in.

    Guiding Principles of being a mentor:

    • Agree on confidentiality (unless Title IX is related to staff/faculty)
    • Aim for a common goal (what do you both want out of this mentorship)
    • Be accountable and present

    What else?!

    There are other ways to be involved with this community! IME is hoping to highlight the various first-generation members on campus. Learn more about representing the first-generation community via First-Gen Highlights: Google Form here (https://tinyurl.com/LCFirstHighlight).

    Stay tuned for our annual First-Generation Celebration event on November 8 th !

    Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome! Please email multicultural@lclark.edu to continue our efforts.