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Mentoring Programs Available on Campus

Mentoring Programs

There are a wide range of mentoring programs on campus. Certain programs will connect you with fellow students, while other programs will connect you with alumni or faculty members.

We offer several programs for students with diverse backgrounds. If you wish to find a mentor based on this consideration, check out the programs listed by ethnicity/race below. Many of these programs are sponsored by the cultural resource centers on campus, which can be another source of support.

To connect with the best mentoring program for you, fill out the Mentoring Request Form.

Programs for:

Asian American Center - "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program

The "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program was designed to assist first year Asian American students with their transition to NIU. This program supports academic success and social well-being among first year Asian American college students. New students are linked with mentors of similar majors, career interests, ethnic backgrounds and/or similar life status. For more information contact: Michelle Bringas (815-752-1167, mbringas@niu.edu) or Yoon Jae Jeon (815-752-1157 yjeon@niu.edu).

Black Student Achievement Program (formerly known as S-Plan)

Black Student Achievement Program provides mentorship and retention, influencing academic success, and collaboration with faculty and staff. While creating a sense of belonging on the campus of NIU through, academic support and social interaction. This program utilizes The Center for Black Studies, so that Black freshman students are paired with upper-level students in the same majors. For more information, contact Anne Marie Edwards (aedwards8@niu.edu) or Christopher Mitchell (cmitchell11@niu.edu)

CHANCE – P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. PMP (Peer Mentoring Program)

The P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. PMP, was designed to assist incoming freshmen in adjusting to the academic and social environment of the NIU campus. You are linked with mentors of similar majors, career interests, ethnic backgrounds and or similar life status. The main objective of the program is to provide incoming freshmen with academic, social support and a role model as they make their transition to college life. For more information contact Debra Tewolde at 815-753-0500 or dtewolde@niu.edu.

Huskie Service Scholars

Become a Huskie Service Scholar! Both peer mentors and fellows make a difference wherever they go by engaging in service in the community and at their campus partner site. They grow their academic and professional skills through series of reflection, workshops and networking opportunities. Peer mentors help students get acclimated to campus life and use available resources. For more information, contact Michaela Holtz at 815-753-8155 or mholtz@niu.edu.

Mentoring Valuable Peers (MVP)

Mentoring Valuable Peers (MVP) is a program designed to pair experienced college students (mentors) with new and incoming college students (mentees). The hope of the program is to combine leadership and mentorship to enhance the college experience of both the mentors and mentees. For more information, contact LaBrian Carrington at 815-753-5908 or lcarrington1@niu.edu.

METAS – Latino Resource Center

Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS) is an organization that helps new students make a successful academic and social transition to life at NIU. This program includes a focus on assisting incoming Latino/a/x freshman or transfer students with the transition to NIU by pairing them with upperclassmen (mentor) who will share resources with Latino/a/x freshman or transfers. For more information, contact Luis Santos-Rivas (815-753-1987, lsantosrivas@niu.edu) or Angelica Mendoza (815-753-8645, amendoza7@niu.edu)

Research Rookies

Peer mentors assist first-year Research Rookies (freshmen, sophomores, and first-semester transfer students) to gain an understanding of the research process in their field of study and with required programmatic aspects such as writing the formal research proposal. For more information, please contact Michaela Holtz at 815-753-8155 or mholtz@niu.edu.

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Student Faculty-Links

Student Faculty-Links provides an opportunity for students to connect one-on-one with a NIU faculty or staff member who can help them, learn the ropes of university life and how to get involved on campus, find answers to academic and personal questions, locate and use university and community resources, set goals, and learn how to succeed at NIU. For more information, contact Jenna Pracht (jkrumpos1@niu.edu) or Jac Cooper (jcooper5@niu.edu).

Research Rookies

Peer mentors assist new Research Rookies with their research proposals and gain an understanding of the research process in their field of study. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at mholtz@niu.edu.

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan)

Success and Succeed Program (S-Plan) pairs upper-level African-American students with younger students in the same majors. For more information, contact the Center for Black Studies or Anne Marie Edwards at aedwards8@niu.edu.

Beta Alpha Psi Mentorship Program

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary accountancy society. We assign mentors to people who are first semester juniors to help them cope the demands of the accountancy program. For more information, contact us at niu.beta.communications@gmail.com or Donald Tidrick at dtidrick@niu.edu or 815-753-2200.

Huskie Service Scholars Peer Mentors

Become a Huskie Service Scholar peer mentor! Peer mentors make a difference by engaging in service in the community and at NIU. They grow their academic and professional skills through monthly meetings and professional and academic enrichment activities. Peer mentors help students get acclimated to campus life and use available resources. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at mholtz@niu.edu.

NIU Service Leaders

NIU Service Leaders is a Federal Work-Study program for eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors that provides opportunities to engage with local high schools, middle schools, and organizations that serve predominantly DeKalb county youth. As mentors, students also teach civics and civic participation and tutor in reading and literacy. Students work in teams at various community sites and meet monthly during cohort meetings geared toward professional development and academic resources. Each team is led by a Peer Mentor who facilitates additional team meetings and group reflection on their service experience. For more information contact Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at mholtz@niu.edu.

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Breaking Barriers

This meeting group provides support, mentoring, and professional development to NIU’s first-generation college students. For more information contact Jeffrey Salmon at jsalmon1@niu.edu.

Huskie Service Scholars Peer Mentors

Become a Huskie Service Scholar peer mentor! Both peer mentors and fellows make a difference wherever they go by engaging in service in the community and at their campus partner site. They grow their academic and professional skills through series of reflection, workshops and networking opportunities. Peer mentors help students get acclimated to campus life and use available resources. For more information contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at mholtz@niu.edu.

Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS)

Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS) is an organization that helps new students make a successful academic and social transition to life at NIU. This program includes a focus on assisting incoming Latino/a/x freshman or transfer students with the transition to NIU by pairing them with upperclassmen (mentor) who will share resources with Latino/a/x freshman or transfers. For more information, contact Luis Santos-Rivas (lsantosrivas@niu.edu) or Angelica Mendoza (amendoza7@niu.edu).

Military and Veteran Services

Vets4Vets aims to pair new veteran students with current veteran students to help ease the transition from service to college. As a veteran student, this program grants access to mentors, other new veterans on campus, events and more. Vets4Vets guides veteran students and advance connections to military students across campus for a sense of community that fosters personal and academic growth. For more information, contact Jeffrey Salmon at jsalmon1@niu.edu 

REACH (Retention Effort for All Incoming Huskies) 

REACH callers contact first semester students to inquire how they are doing academically and socially, answering questions and addressing concerns and recommending resources. For more information, contact Jenna Pracht (jkrumpos1@niu.edu) or Jac Cooper (jcooper5@niu.edu). 

Research Rookies

Peer mentors assist new Research Rookies with their research proposals and understanding of the research process in their field of study. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning or Michaela Holtz at mholtz@niu.edu.

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Transfer2Transfer (T2T)

Transfer2Transfer (T2T) matches transfer students with another student who has successfully transferred to Northern within the past year. This is an informal program where transfer students can communicate and meet as often as they would like and have the opportunity to attend formal events planned by First- and Second-Year Experience. For more information, contact Jenna Pracht (jkrumpos1@niu.edu) or Jac Cooper (jcooper5@niu.edu).

English Graduate Student Association (EGSA)

All graduate students in the Department of English are members of the English Graduate Student Association by virtue of their enrollment in the program. Activities vary depending on the concerns of the current graduate students and the EGSA officers. Past activities have included: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; getting graduate students together for informal social events; supporting the MCLLM conference and the various discussion groups in the department; and writing and producing the EGSA Stencil Newsletter.

Graduate Student History Association

The Graduate Student History Association provides informal mentoring to undergraduates, particularly those interested in pursuing graduate study. For more information contact Ian Burns.

Graduate Student Leaders (GSLs)

Graduate Student Leaders work collaboratively on a UNIV 101/201 teaching team. Graduate Student Leaders help implement the curriculum, facilitate class discussions and apply student development theory to practice in a first-year classroom. For more information contact Orientation and First Year Programs.

College of Law Mentor Program

The mission of the College of Law Mentor Program is to promote professional relations between students and practitioners. The hope is that the program will help the students, particularly first-generation law students, make a successful transition to law school and allow them to begin to focus on their career goals. For more information please contact Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Programs listed by:

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) - Northern Prairie Alliance is an organization with a focus on bettering the life of the nursing student here at NIU through advocacy, inclusion, education, and service to others. With a focus on professional development and academic success, this chapter of AAMN still allows students to embrace the social aspects of nursing school without disruption of studies. Bonding with peers outside one's track, dealing with the stresses of nursing school in a healthy way, and developing a skill-set that cannot be taught in a classroom are a few of the perks this nursing student organization offers. For more information please contact us at northern.prairie.alliance@gmail.com

Northern Illinois Athletic Trainer's Student Association

The Northern Illinois Athletic Trainer's Student Association (NIATSA) provides educational services and resources to athletic training students and athletic training majors, while educating the community about the field of Athletic Training. For information email knpe@niu.edu.

Biology - Phi Sigma Honor Society

Phi Sigma Honor Society is a cross-section of undergraduate and graduate students and professional people with unique interests and experience in biology. They offer a wealth of perspectives that can assist you in your career development. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity for social, educational and professional advancement! For more information, please contact Jon Miller, Ph.D. (jsmiller@niu.edu) or Kiley Meyer (815-753-7099).

NIU Chemistry Club

The NIU Chemistry Club helps students understand the study of chemistry. For more information contact Oliver Hofstetter at 815-753-6898.

English Graduate Student Association (EGSA)

All graduate students in the Department of English are members of the English Graduate Student Association by virtue of their enrollment in the program. Activities vary depending on the concerns of the current graduate students and the EGSA officers. Past activities have included: bringing scholars and authors to campus for speaking engagements; organizing workshops on topics like writing paper abstracts for submittal to conferences, presenting conference papers, and getting papers published; organizing study groups for the MA comprehensive exams; getting graduate students together for informal social events; supporting the MCLLM conference and the various discussion groups in the department; and writing and producing the EGSA Stencil Newsletter.

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance offers Free tutoring services for finance students who need additional academic support. Peer Assistants are finance seniors who facilitate small study group sessions as well as one-on-one tutoring and promote good study skills, review finance course content, and help their fellow students with test/assignment preparations For more information contact Christy Cunningham.

Student Health Organization

Participate in and promote health activities and topics with the Student Health Organization. For more information contact Andrea Hein at ahein@niu.edu or 753-1891.

College of Law Mentor Program

The mission of the College of Law Mentor Program is to promote professional relations between students and practitioners. The hope is that the program will help the students, particularly first-generation law students, make a successful transition to law school and allow them to begin to focus on their career goals. For more information please contact Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science’s mentorship program matches current junior and senior political science majors with NIU alumni and friends of the department. The program provides students with invaluable professional development advice and opportunities by tapping into our pool of talented and successful alumni. Students receive advice on resume building, interview techniques, and developing professional behavior. Students also profit from industry knowledge in the field in which they wish to succeed and often have the opportunity to network and participate in shadowing experiences. For more information, contact Jennifer Gregory at pols@niu.edu or 815-753-1012.

Pre Professional Association

Pre Professional Association provides information regarding professional schools to students interested in any area of healthcare. This includes, but is not limited to, information about post-graduate schools, alternative career choices and possible scholarships and internships. The group also serves as a way to network students to post-graduate schools, as well as other students with the same goals. Meetings are informational in nature, with field trips scheduled throughout the semester. Questions? Please contact Keyalo Gray at kgray1@niu.edu.

Student Nurses' Organization (SNO)

The purpose of the Student Nurses' Organization is to aid in development and growth of the individual student by providing programs of intellectual and professional interest; to promote professional and social unity among the student nurses on campus; to promote among student nurses an understanding of and an interest in local, national and professional organizations; to act as the official representative of the student body of the NIU School of Nursing; and to promote and encourage participation in community affairs and activities.

Student Psychological Association

The Student Psychological Association is a student-run organization that provides skills and experience to undergraduate students interested in psychology. For more information contact Doug Wallace at dwallace@niu.edu or 815-753-0372.

Asian American Center - "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program

The "OHANA!" Peer Mentor Program was designed to assist first year Asian American students with their transition to college, develop a sense of belonging and racial identity at NIU and encourage academic success and social well-being among first year Asian American college students. For more information contact Michelle Bringas at mbringas@niu.edu.

Black Male Initiative

The Black Male Initiative is a mentoring organization focused on the graduation progress of its participants. Through meaningful campus involvement, academic recognition, community service and social interaction the organization seeks to keep its members engaged and persisting toward degree completion. The primary target group is African American male students but others are welcome to participate.

Success and Succeed Plan (S-Plan)

The Success and Succeed Plan (S-Plan) is a program founded by the Center for Black Studies with the goal of preparing upper-level African-American students with incoming students in the same major to help with the transition and completion of college. For more information contact the Center for Black Studies or Anne Marie Edwards at aedwards8@niu.edu or 815-753-1423.

SoL (Supporting Opportunities for Latinos)

Supporting Opportunities for Latinos is a mentoring organization focused on the graduation progress of its participants. Through meaningful campus involvement, academic recognition, community service and social interaction the organization seeks to keep its members engaged and persisting toward degree completion. The primary target group is Latino male students but others are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Luis Santos-Rivas at lsantosrivas@niu.edu or 815-753-1987.

METAS – Latino Resource Center

Mentoring and Engaging thru Academic Success (METAS) is an organization that helps new students make a successful academic and social transition to life at NIU. This program includes a focus on assisting incoming Latino/a/x freshman or transfer students with the transition to NIU by pairing them with upperclassmen (mentor) who will share resources with Latino/a/x freshman or transfers. For more information, contact Luis Santos-Rivas (815-753-1987, lsantosrivas@niu.edu) or Angelica Mendoza (815-753-8645, amendoza7@niu.edu)

Sister 2 Sister – Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a group for all women of color students. S2S hosts monthly Sister Circles, in addition to supporting other relevant programming. Sister Circles are spaces for women of color students to talk, listen, and simply exist among each other. S2S is part of the Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS), a program dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of young women of color. For more information, contact Ariel Owens (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or aowens1@niu.edu.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is made up of NIU students and community members who volunteer to speak about their experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals, cisgender and/or heterosexual allies. Speakers Bureau is available to speak for student groups, in classes, in residence halls or for other appropriate engagements. Our goal is to offer opportunities for increased communication and understanding, which may help counter myths and stereotypes, as well as give a more in-depth look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

We provide professional development opportunities for speakers. We also hope to reach out to other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who may want resources to utilize on and off campus. For more information, contact Molly Holmes (she, her, hers) at 815-753-4772 or mbholmes@niu.edu.

Beta Alpha Psi Mentorship Program

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary accountancy society. We assign mentors to people who are first semester juniors to help them cope with the demands of the accountancy program. For more information contact Donald Tidrick at dtidrick@niu.edu.