fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program


Faculty/Staff Mentors


As Syracuse University continues to expand its reach and diversify the student body, the number of incoming students of color continues to grow. In an effort to support this evolving population of students during their transition to college, as well as throughout their academic years, the Office of Multicultural Affairs instituted the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program in the Spring of 2012.

fullCIRCLE is a sustainable, multilayered program designed to assist its participants in effectively adjusting to the different challenges of college life, including those that are academic, social, professional and personal in nature, with the goal of retention. The program serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on African American, Asian and Pacific  American, Latino, and Native students. Full Circle promotes academic success, personal development, campus leadership and civic engagement.


To support the holistic development of students of color through intentional relationships with peers, faculty, staff, alumni and employers.

Program Overview

Faculty and staff work with a small number of students as a mentor, offering guidance, consistent support and serving as a positive role model—critical factors in the mentee’s retention and overall success at SU. Mentors encourage skill development in the areas of leadership, programming, facilitation, communication, and collaboration; support academic success, career exploration and intercultural exchange.

Mentor Goals

  1. To provide academic resources and connections outside of the classroom
  2. To be a role model who shares personal and professional growth
  3.  To guide students through their academic, social and cultural journey

Mentor Responsibilities

  1. Attend a summer training session and periodic trainings through the semester (details on date/time will be provided at a later date)
  2. Make bi-weekly contact with mentees through personal meetings, events, phone, email, Facebook, office hours, etc.
  3. Provide University resources to mentees and connect them to people and offices that can support their individual needs


Full Circle mentors should have a good understanding of the mission and work of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; be familiar with campus resources; care about the issues that affect students of color; and work with students in intentional ways to be successful on campus.


Full Circle is unable to provide monetary compensation to mentors for their time; however, mentors will be recognized for their efforts through banquets, dinners and public events. Limited funding will be available to mentors for engaging mentees in cultural opportunities.

Help our students go further than they think they can; become a fullCIRCLE mentor! 

fullCIRCLE Family Meetings (6 Week Series) Resources