LEADS Mentoring Program

Leadership, Education, Academic Development, and Success Skills (LEADS)

The Leadership, Education, Academic Development, and Success Skills (LEADS) Mentoring Program is designed to help underrepresented students and first-generation students develop a solid foundation within the community so that they are able to thrive in their transition to Gonzaga University. Our LEADS mentoring program supplements classroom and orientation information with pragmatic experiences that give new students insight that would otherwise not have been gained. By matching mentees with peer mentors and a faculty/staff mentor, we hope to develop well-rounded individuals and outstanding student leaders. Our LEADS workshops, seminars, and enriching community activities engage new students with pathways to success.

In LEADS, students who identify as a first year students of color or first-generation are matched with a qualified student mentor. The pair is expected to meet at least four times a month and keep documentation of meetings and topics.  The peer mentors and their mentees are also paired with a faculty or staff mentor.  The three will collaborate at least once per semester unless otherwise indicated.

We invite you to become part of the LEADS Mentoring Program today!

Mentee

If you are a first-year student who identifies as a student of color or a first-generation student, then this is your opportunity to connect with another current undergraduate and a faculty/staff member of the GU community.  Your mentors are here to help you get connected to resources on campus, help answer questions you may have, and help ensure your transition to GU and being a ZAG is as seamless as possible. Gonzaga University is your new home, and your mentors would like to be a part of the community that helps welcome you!

How do I apply to be a part of the LEADS program?

If you would like to be a mentee, please visit the “Mentee” tab. Filling out the online application  will take approximately 10 minutes, and the information provided will help us to be able to match you with your mentors based on similar interests as best as possible. 

Peer Mentor

Who can be a Peer mentor?

Any student who wants to make a positive difference and help incoming students transition to GU and help others learn what it’s like to be a ZAG and help introduce them to resources the community has to offer!

What are you signing up as a peer mentor?

  • Provide mentorship: Mentoring is classified as consistent interaction between two individuals, each offering one-to-one encouragement, understanding and support. This could be done in many settings including showing your mentee different opportunities on campus such as student clubs, community service, campus ministry and sports events to name a few. 
  • Attend scheduled activities, events and meetings related to the program. 
  • Meet at least once monthly face-to-face with mentee.
  • Attend at least one group meeting with your mentee.  This can be either a social group activity or an educational group activity.
  • Meet with the assigned faculty/staff mentor at least once a semester.  This is a staff or faculty member who is also a mentor for the student.  It provides you a unique opportunity to work as a team with a faculty or staff member!
  • Help your mentee get involved with the Gonzaga University community!

What is the time commitment?

Generally, about two to three hours per month. There will also be a training seminar TBA in early October, 2014. Please save the date: LEADS Welcome Social, Thursday, October 9 at 6:00pm-8:00pm, this will be the opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet each other.

How do I apply to be a peer mentor?
If you would like to be a mentor, please visit the the “Peer Mentor Application” tab. Filling out the online application  will take approximately 10 minutes, and the information provided will help us to be able to match you with your mentee based on similar interests as best as possible. 

Staff/Faculty Mentor

Who can be a Mentor?
Any staff or faculty member who desires to provide guidance to a new student. These students are primarily multicultural students.  Some are the first in their family to attend a college or University.

What is the time commitment?
Generally, about two to three hours per month. There will also be a training seminar TBA in early October, 2014.    

Please save the date: LEADS Welcome Social, Thursday, October 9 at 6:00pm-8:00pm, this will be the opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet each other. 

What are the duties of a staff/faculty Mentor?

  • Serve as a trusted counselor or guide to a freshman student
  • Guide students to appropriate campus services when needed
  • Work along with their mentee’s “peer” mentor
  • Help provide goal-oriented support to the mentee

Expectations for Staff/Faculty Mentors:
LEADS desires to meet the expectations of the student. At the beginning of the program, students will complete a brief questionnaire. The students are asked to articulate their specific needs.  Each mentor will be given their students completed questionnaire with the expectation that the Mentor will contact the student to set up a first meeting and also to schedule other meetings.

Mentors will also be provided with a list of resources on and off campus that may be needed by the student and may not be an area that the Mentor feels qualified to address.

How do I apply to be a Staff/Faculty mentor?
If you would like to be a mentor, please visit the “Staff/Faculty Mentor Application” tab. Filling out the online application will take approximately 10 minutes, and the information provided will help us to be able to match you with your mentee based on similar interests as best as possible. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor! If you have any question, please contact Juanita Jasso, 509-313-4108, jasso@gonzaga.edu