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Student mentors play a vital role in the Dimensions Mentoring Program. Each mentor has the responsibility of meeting with their mentee to help them accomplish personal goals as well as academic goals, and to help them navigate their place in society as women of color.  CLICK HERE to fill out form.

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To create awareness of and address issues that impact women from diverse backgrounds through a facilitated mentoring program where women of color can support each other; engage in dialogue on issues pertinent to women of color, and acquire leadership and professional development skills. Dimensions endeavors to create a place where women of color feel comfortable and included not only at the university, but also within the larger Syracuse community. Dimensions seeks to create awareness of global issues that impact all women. Members will have opportunities to enlarge their awareness on glbal issues that impact women from diverse cultural backgrounds and to engage in dialogue and projects that will influence the well-being of these communities of women.

About Us

The Dimensions Mentoring Program was created in 2002 by the former Associate Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  During that time the climate of the university and the student leaders were primarily male. As many of the young women on campus wanted to have their voices heard, they needed a forum where that could be properly formed and established.  Dimensions was created to help facilitate a space where female students of color could transition through college with a support network. The program focuses on mentoring first year female students of color with upperclass women of color in which they form bonds, obtain academic and professional resources and learn to address the issues that face their communities.  The upperclass women are students chosen to mentor who maintain good academic standing and are successful both academically and socially on campus. With their assistance, our first-year female students not only become acclimated on campus, but flourish academically and socially.

Over the years, the Dimensions Mentoring Program has mentored over 200 first-year female students of color, where many then return to become mentors.


Dimensions Mentors

Meet the Team


Marissa L. Willingham

Marissa L. Willingham, Dimensions Coordinator

Office of Multicultural Affairs, Program Associate for budgets and Operations

Shana Gelin

Shana Gelin, MA, NCC Graduate Assistant, Mentoring Program

Mariel Rosario

Mariel Rosario, Academic Consultant, Dimensions Mentoring Program

Saphyir Moody

Intern: Saphyir Moody, 16'

Mentors: Natasha Arquer Tysheena Adams Cleo Adebiyi Ndeye Diaw Kessia Garnett Imani Hall Amber Hunter Chelsie Jones Saydee McQuay Kelli Miller Saphyir Moody Vivianna Salce Kayla Torres Angelina Vargas

Cleo Adebiyi


I'm a sophomore here at SU pursuing a newspaper and online journalism degree at Newhouse. In the future, I want to be a successful reporter or writer. And somewhere far down the line, I'd like to own and operate my own media company, helping to put colored women in powerful positions within the industry.

Natasha Arquer

Natasha is a senior at Syracuse University majoring in Selected Studies in Education with a concentration in Education, Technology, and Media. She also has minors in Information Management and Technology as well as African American Studies. Her professional goals include working in an urban school system at various levels. She has a strong passion for urban education and education reform and wish to work for children both in and out of the classroom. During the academic year, she is involved with organizations across Syracuse University’s campus dedicated to the empowerment of people of color, including the NAACP, National Association for Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc. (NANBPWC, Inc.), and Dimensions Mentoring Program.

Ndeye Kane Diaw

Hi, my name is Ndeye Kane Diaw and I'm from Bronx, NY. I'm currently a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences here at SU, majoring in Forensic Science & Psychology on the premed track. I always wanted to be involved on campus from the moment I set foot on campus, but fear overtook me and I never had the courage to be as involved as I wanted to be. Although, I'm a C-STEP scholar, a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the African Student Union, the Muslim Student Union and an RA, I know I could have done more. Now during my senior year, I don't regret my experience at all but I wish I didn't let my fear over consume me, because there was nothing to be scared of in the first place. This is the reason why I'm excited to be a Dimensions mentor. I want to help that freshman that may be going through what I went through. I want them to know that it's ok to be fearless and to be themselves. I want each one of you to go through your college experience knowing that it is yours alone, and you get to make it what you want it to be. You only get it once so make it the best it can be. I'm beyond excited to get to know you all this year.

Imani Hall

Imani Hall is currently a Sophomore at Syracuse University, pursuing a B.S. in Public Health. The Brooklyn native, decided to mentor for Dimensions during her sophomore year with hopes that her patience and commitment would lead her to become a good role model. She is also one half of the Community Service Co-Chair of the mentoring organization, Junvinelle Urban Multicultural Program. Imani remains active on campus, remaining a part of Project G.R.I.N.D., LSAMP and writing for a magazine new to campus, Femme Noire.

Amber Hunter

Sophomore, Broadcast and Digital Journalism Orgs: Dimensions, Say Yes to Education, NABJ, Citrus TV

Kessia Garnett

Class: Sophomore

Major: Sociology with a minor in Management Studies Organizations & affiliations: CSA Public Relations Chair, Project GRIND, Femme Noire, SAY YES to SAT prep. Something interesting: Was born in Guyana and lived there for 17 years before migrating to the US.

Chelsie Jones-Edney

My name is Chelsie Jones-Edney from Miami Florida. I am a sophomore information management and technology major with a minor in marketing.

Kelli Miller

Kelli is a current Sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. She is a Posse Scholar majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and plans picking up a dual in Information Management & Technology.  In addition to being a Dimensions mentor, she is also the current Hydration Assistant intern  for the Syracuse men's football team, as well as a Marketing intern for Syracuse University's athletic department. She enjoys all things sports, and in the future hopes to use both of her degrees working for a professional sports team.

Saphyir Moody

Saphyir Moody is a Senior Accounting major. Saphyir joined Dimensions during her freshman year and now serves as the Dimensions Intern. Saphyir is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Her passion for mentoring is exemplified through her work with Dimensions and Syracuse City School District youth. She is also President of Straighten Your Crown Mentoring, KPMG Campus Ambassador, and a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. Saphyir is very entrepreneurial and hopes to open her own businesses in the near future.

Angelina Vargas

Hello everyone, my name is Angelina Vargas and I am from The Bronx, NY. My major is Selected Studies in Education and my minors are Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. Apart from Dimensions, I am currently the secretary for S.A.S.S.E., a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a CSTEP Scholar, and an SSS Scholar. The reason why I decided to mentor first year women of color is because coming in I did not have a mentor. However, I did find extreme support in upperclassmen who were also women of color. Since then I have always looked out for incoming women of color and have been helping their transitions into SU. I live for women empowerment and I thought it would be a great idea to be officially exercising my passions.