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Mentoring Program

Ensuring your collegiate success at Adelphi.


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The Adelphi University Mentoring Program promotes unwavering support of student success and persistence toward graduation. With an emphasis on reaching first-year students who may need help adjusting to the academic and social demands of college, the program promotes leadership skills, goal setting, financial literacy, character-building and career skills. Our approach is student-centered, focusing on the unique needs of each mentee through one-to-one working relationships with trained mentors from the University’s faculty and staff.

Goal 1

Reach students as early as possible to provide a foundation for success and a path to graduation. Encourage participation by first-year students—particularly students of color, students who are the first in their family to attend college, veterans and LGBTQ+ students.

Goal 2

Enhance students’ academic, social and personal development and build leadership skills.

Goal 3

Prepare students to thrive in their careers and as engaged citizens.

Open to all students, but ideally within their freshman year, the program was designed to serve the following populations: 


The goal of the program is to help these students fulfill their highest potential through academic, social and professional development with the guidance of a mentor. Transfer students are also encouraged to apply. There is no GPA requirement and students qualify by being a current/active (fully registered and taking classes) undergraduate student. On a case-by-case basis and based on mentor availability, graduate students may participate.

There is buy-in, support and full participation from our campus community within the various departments and schools. The Mentoring Program is actively involved on the Diversity Committee, the Collaboration Project and the LGBTQ+ Task Force which ensures that there is a diverse and inclusive environment conducive for student success.

There is a comprehensive program calendar released per semester which features guest speakers and experts in the areas of Financial Literacy, Healthy Relationships, Time Management and Cultural Competency, just to name a few.

» I am a student and I would like a mentor.

» I would like to be a mentor.


“In my final semester, I was swamped with assignments, job requirements, and multiple graduate school applications, and began to feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, I had someone to remind me of my goals, and guide my thoughts and actions as I navigated through the rigors of balancing my responsibilities.”
– C.P. (Communications Major) May 2017 Graduate
“My mentor experience has been invaluable. I believe that a good mentor provides lessons and values for their mentees to take and apply to their own endeavors. There’s something incredible about knowing that I have someone to go to with something positive, negative, or trivial and that they will give me advice or their opinion on it.
– K.G. (Biology Major) May 2017 Graduate
“Throughout my academic career, I have sought out  mentoring because I recognize the importance of a mentor – mentee relationship. When I heard about this program, I meet with Professor West and I believed in the mission of this program so, I took this as a great opportunity to be involved … that would provide a great benefit to my future. During the program, my mentor was great at keeping up with me and helping me through my masters as well as the process of applying for optometry school.”
– M.M. (Biology Major) May 2016 Graduate

Program Expectations

Many successes can result from the Adelphi University Mentoring Program. To have a more fulfilling and rewarding experience, you must meet the following expectations:

  • Mentors and mentees must complete an application. You are also required to complete an initial interview and training. You must also attend regularly scheduled conversations/trainings with the director.
  • On a voluntary basis, mentors and mentees must serve in the program for a minimum of one year and for as long as your mentee is a part of the program. In rare instances, and on a case-by-case basis, mentees may request a change of mentor in an effort to find a more suitable match. The director must approve this change.
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to attend group activities and remain in consistent communication with your mentee. In-person meetings are required (at least four hours per month). Regular check-in meetings (at least once per week) are recommended. Phone and email conversations can supplement in-person meetings, but must not replace them.



For further information, please contact:

Chotsani West
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nexus Building, Room 310
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

p – 516.877.3182
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