Join us each month for an engaging and informative presentation by the experts in student mentoring. Each talk will focus on the research behind ways of effectively mentoring students, and will provide insights for building programs that work.

This webinar series is free to attend, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, the Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring, and MentorPRO.

Recordings will be available on this site for those who missed the live presentation.

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Scaling Mental Health Services through Technology-Enhanced Mentoring

Jean Rhodes, PhD, Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring

Alexandra Werntz, PhD, Associate Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring

Join Drs. Rhodes and Werntz as they provide a recent history of the Center’s research on mentoring. They will share recent evidence on what makes peer mentoring effective, and describe evidence from the initial trials of MentorPRO, a novel multi-sided technology platform for student success mentoring.

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Teaching Students to Recruit Mentors and Build Networks of Support

Sarah Schwartz, PhD, Associate Professor Psychology, Suffolk University

This presentation will cover strategies to help college students to identify, recruit, and maintain relationships with mentors and to build networks of support. The presentation will discuss research on Connected Scholars, an evidence-based curriculum designed to teach students to recruit mentors, and will allow participants to explore how they may integrate strategies into their own programming.

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Supporting College Students with Minoritized Identities Through Mentoring

Elizabeth Raposa, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Fordham University

Thursday, August 10, 2023 @ noon ET

Students who hold identities typically marginalized on four-year college campuses (e.g., first-generation or low-income college students, or students from minoritized racial or ethnic groups) are at elevated risk for a diverse array of mental health problems and poorer academic outcomes at college, including lower graduation rates. In this talk, I will share findings from clinical science and community psychology that suggest ways we might leverage mentoring relationships to better support these youth, with a focus on innovative approaches to supporting youth using informal or naturally-occurring mentoring relationships (as opposed to formalized mentoring interventions that rely on volunteers). I will also touch on the ways that these approaches can work in concert with traditional, formalized services on college campuses, such as the counseling center, to redress systematic inequalities in our educational systems and reduce disparities in college success for students with minoritized identities.

“They Helped Me Fill the Gaps”: Promoting First-Generation College Students’ Help-Seeking Attitudes and Behaviors

Matthew Hagler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Francis Marion University

Thursday, September 21, 2023 @ noon ET

In this talk, Dr. Hagler will present findings from his longitudinal, mixed methods research on first-generation college students’ transition to higher education. First, he will present quantitative analyses showing that mentoring support and positive help-seeking attitudes are associated with key outcomes, including academic self-efficacy and sense of belonging. Then, he will present first-person accounts, based on in-depth interviews with first-gen students, illustrating how they make decisions about if, when, and from whom to ask for help. These interviews uncovered significant barriers to help-seeking, such as fear of judgment, shame, and limited time, and how some students overcame barriers to obtain needed resources. Finally, Dr. Hagler will present actionable strategies by university stakeholders that can promote first-gen students’ help-seeking, including addressing stigma, leveraging near-peer mentoring, and improving awareness and accessibility of services.