Peer Mentoring Program

Introduction

The Chicana/o/x Studies Program, in collaboration with EWU’s Career Center and Office of Alumni Relations, has developed an in-person Peer Mentoring Program into a hybrid structure for two interconnected mentoring programs. The Peer Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for first-year first-generation Latina/o/x students to connect with advanced students of similar backgrounds to assist them with the academic and cultural transitions into college. Second, our Alumni/Community Mentoring Program focuses in supporting advanced first-generation Latina/o/x students to connect with working professionals to assist them with the transition from academic to professional settings.

Both mentoring programs build on partnerships with the internal and external Latina/o/x communities of students and professionals. Our ability to reach, connect, and support students and community members across our region functions through the Career Center’s online platform, Eagle Career Network (ECN). The ECN helps to facilitate conversations and collaborations between students, community members, and our Chicana/o/x Studies team at EWU. Hence, the need for online and in-person cultural, social, and educational events like workshops and keynote speakers that brings these groups together are vital components of these two overlapping mentoring programs to attract, retain, and support first-generation Latina/o/x students at EWU.

Become a Mentor

We’re looking for mentors to serve as a resource to fellow grads and current students by sharing your own academic experience. As a student mentor, you will have the opportunity to be guided by a professional expert in your field, who you can lean on for letters of recommendation, job advice, networking, and much more. During our annual “Speed Mentoring Event” and using the broader Eagle Career Network, you will be able to select your professional mentor that concise with your values and goals. This program will be launched in Fall Quarter of 2021 for the next cohort.

When you join as a mentor, you will be able to:

  • Be a mentor on your own terms
  • Share your professional journey and insights
  • Connect with and learn from other professionals
  • Reconnect with your community

Those eligible for as a PMP Mentor are:

  • EWU first-generation junior, Seniors, Graduate Students
  • Targeted towards Latinx/Hispanic identified students, but open to all students
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA 
  • Preferred Bilingual (Spanish and English) 
  • Has been involved on campus with organizations or clubs 
  • Positive Attitude and desire to empower and build community 
  • Must attend all mandatory seminars & work-study meetings

Interested? Applications open on August 1st, 2021. Fill out the application and email it to chstprogram@ewu.edu.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021 by 5:00 PM (PST).

Handshake Application

Become a Mentee

As a mentee, you will be guided by another experienced student with a similar background as you, who will aid in your academic growth and professional development. The PMP will provide you with guest speakers, workshops, internship awareness, upcoming events, and mentor & mentee socials.

When you join as a mentee, you will be able to:

  • Receive assistance in academic channels
  • Learn about the Chicana/o/x Culture
  • Transition through obstacles of college and team building
  • Reconnect with your community

Those eligible for as a PMP Mentee are:

  • First-generation first-years at Eastern, including transfer students
  • Targeted towards Latinx/Hispanic identified students, but open to all students
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA 
  • Willingness to grow and learn from others
  • Punctual to meetings and positive attitude towards meeting others
  • Must attend all mandatory seminars
  • Must enroll in course CHST 196: Thriving for College every quarter until the end of the academic year.

Interested? Applications open on May 1st, 2021. Fill out the application and email it to chstprogram@ewu.edu.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2021 by 5:00 PM (PST).

Mentee Application

HBPA Community Mentorship of Color

The Hispanic Business & Professional Association (HBPA) has exciting news. They are partnering with the Carl Maxey Center to develop a first-ever Community Mentorship for the communities of color in Spokane. They are seeking professional mentors to guide High School Students located in the Spokane County to reach their career goals. Chicana/o/x Studies is thrilled to continue this partnership with HBPA by outreaching and investing time in growing this program.

Community Mentor

If you are interested in signing up as a community mentor, please email HBPA at asociacion.hispanaspokane@gmail.com.

High School Student

If you are a High School Student interested in connecting with a Spokane community mentor, please contact Sarahi Gutierrez at chstprogram@ewu.edu with the subject line “HBPA Mentorship Program- High School Student” with your full name, phone number, year in school, and name of High School.  We look forward to working with you.

Community Mentor

EWU’s Career Center and Office of Alumni Relations are teaming up to launch a new professional networking and mentorship community, called the Eagle Career Network (ECN), and Chicana/o/x Studies has been chosen as a pilot group! We’re looking for alumni and friends of our community to serve as a resource to fellow grads and current students by sharing your own professional experience, both in the broader Eagle Career Network, as well as in our Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic Mentoring Group.

When you join as mentor, you will be able to:

  • Be a mentor on your own terms
  • Share your professional journey and insights
  • Connect with and learn from other professionals
  • Reconnect with your community

We hope to have a robust community of mentors available to our students. Once you completely fill out your profile on ECN, we will be contacting you on September 1st, 2021 about the “Speed Mentoring Event” where you will be able to meet potential student mentees, and those mentees will pick their top 3 professional mentors they would like to be mentored by.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It displays an act of ambition and determination to pursue education as you are actively seeking leadership roles and further professional development. Including building partnership within a like-minded community that continues to support you and your goals through your time at Eastern and beyond.

Nothing, we do not charge our students to be in our program, nor does it raise the price of tuition.

Yes, as a mentee you are required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA when applying and keeping a 2.5 GPA or better throughout the program. Please talk to us if you begin to struggle in coursework, we can help.

The peer mentoring program requires to enroll in a CHST course of two credits, equaling to two hours a week. This course is paired with us in order to ensure you are practicing and developing soft skills for school and the work force which leads to student success. Additionally, it is mandatory for you to attend group seminars that occur once a week for one hour with minimal assignments due. Lastly, you are required to meet with the program coordinator at least four times a week, meeting times vary. In total, you are giving to the program about three-four hours a week.

Excellent question, once the program begins we have each mentor and mentee sign off a contract towards goals and conduct. If you feel your mentor is not complying to these requirements, you will let the program coordinator know by either through the reflection essays that are required bi-weekly or through a one-on-one appointment. The reflection essays are used to assess how well you are working with your mentor, and address any concerns with the mentor beforehand. After the third assessment, if the issue is still not addressed or if an appointment was made earlier, we will switch you from one mentor to another. The process will be begin again as we assess how well you are working with your new mentor.

We understand certain circumstances may arise that may cause conflict in your schedule. We will have you withdraw from a CHST course, which will be on your transcript as withdrawal but does not effect your GPA or credits towards your major. We will have you be removed from the group seminars, which will cause no implication in grades towards you, and we will let your mentor know of your withdrawal of the program. We will continue meeting with you on a monthly check-in to follow your progress until the end of the academic year unless otherwise stated.

Yes, by applying to the Eagle F.A.M. program as a first year student living in the dorms and being accepted, you can move in at a sooner date. Click here for more information.