College can be a confusing time for some, and having a helping hand along the way can impact students’ overall success.
Mentoring can have an important influence on students’ academic experiences as they explore different paths throughout their college journey.
Students who might have felt lost a time or two can play an important role in the lives of other students who might be struggling with the same things they once did. This mentee-mentor relationship cycle is crucial not only to student success, but to building a strong university community.
NIU’s University Honors Program recognizes the importance of mentoring and is partnering with the Office of First-and Second-Year Experience, the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and the Office of the Provost to host the Peer Mentor Summit.
Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium, the conference will provide the NIU community with information to enrich mentoring relationships and facilitate the overall growth of mentoring at NIU. Students, faculty and any other mentors on campus are invited to attend, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about mentoring.
The day will consist of various presentations and interactive discussions on a variety of topics that pertain to professionalism, diversity, mentor-mentee relationships and more.
Eric Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at NIU, is the keynote speaker. Weldy has extensive experience working as an administrator at various large universities and has a strong background in student affairs. He will share his insight on the role mentoring has played in his journey and how it pertains to students right now.