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Become a Mentor

Objectives and Expectations

  • Help your mentee adjust to college life
  • Serve as a positive role model for your mentee
  • Encourage involvement in student activities and organizations
  • Provide information on NIU services and resources
  • Share experiences and knowledge you have gained as a student at NIU
  • Be involved in informational sessions, training workshops and socials
  • Help your mentee with homework or refer to tutoring service

Application Process (spring only)


  • Currently enrolled full-time, have completed at least one year at NIU by summer 2017 and returning to NIU as an undergraduate for fall 2017
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5)
  • Desire to enhance interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Interest in working with Latino freshmen
  • Awareness and appreciation of all forms of diversity
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for NIU
  • Must attend all program meetings on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for the academic year (fall 2017 and spring 2018)
  • Must commit to five hours per week
  • Commit to participating in the program for two consecutive semesters (fall 2017 and spring 2018)


  • Gain significant leadership experience while enhancing employment marketability and career opportunities
  • Develop professional relationships with faculty, staffand other students
  • Increase skills in effective interpersonal communication and time management
  • Potential internship opportunities with METAS. Mentoring Program during the 2017-2018 academic year to help with ongoing mentoring program and services.


  • Welcome Latino freshmen to Northern Illinois University
  • Explain academic opportunities and procedures
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations
  • Promote a welcoming environment for a diverse student body
  • Attend all mentor training sessions (Reading Day and late August/early September)
  • Attend all program meetings (mid-September 2017 thru late April 2018 on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.)


For more information, please contact Angélica Mendoza at

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DeKalb, IL 60115

Main Office Hours
8 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Latino Center Building Hours
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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