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.
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.
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!