The ACCESS (Advocates Creating Conversations that Engage and Support Students) Mentoring Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to connect with a member of UNT’s faculty and staff as well as a peer mentor. Although most of the students who participate as mentees in the program are Emerald Eagle Scholars who choose to participate during their first year of enrollment, other students have the opportunity to request mentors as well. ACCESS Mentoring is open to ALL students! The goals of this program are to connect new and returning students to the UNT community, to encourage the use of campus resources, and to promote the four-year graduation plan.
The program matches faculty/staff mentors and a peer mentor with a student mentoring group based on interests reported on the respective applications. Faculty and staff mentors are asked to interact with their mentees at least once each month. Additionally, mentees are asked to initiate interaction with their mentor at least once a semester. We offer two to unique opportunities for mentors and mentees to connect with each other, Dinner Dialogues and Out of Lunch.
The Dinner Dialogues program offers faculty /staff and peer mentors a unique way to increase interaction with their students beyond the classroom and build lasting relationships with their ACCESS mentees. Dinner Dialogues are designed to provide the means and time for mentors/mentees to interact over dinner. The office of Orientation and Transition Programs will provide faculty/staff and peer mentors with meal passes at no cost. Mentors will choose a location on campus to engage their mentees as they desire.
The Out to Lunch Program is designed to promote faculty/staff and student interaction beyond the classroom and office setting. Students can pick up an Out to Lunch ticket at the office of Orientation and Transition Programs. Students then take a faculty/staff member to lunch at any campus dining facility! ACCESS Mentees can choose to take their faculty/staff mentor Out to Lunch as they desire.
To get involved with ACCESS Mentoring or for more information, email Stephanie Lee.