INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MENTOR PROGRAM
School of Graduate Studies and Research &
Office of International Education and Development (OIED)
Fall 2020-Spring 2021
What is the International Student Mentor Program?
Using an intercultural leadership development approach, this program seeks to provide a welcoming environment and supportive foundation to assist degree-seeking international students in a successful personal and academic transition into their first year at Florida A&M University (FAMU).
The Mission of the International Student Mentor Program supports newly enrolled or admitted international students at FAMU, in Tallahassee, FL. In this dynamic program, mentors and mentees spend time together in virtual or in-person meetings, group gatherings, and social activities around the city. Involvement in the program offers a fun way for participants to develop leadership skills and foster community among international students at FAMU.
About the Mentor Program
All participants are encouraged to commit to five (5) meetings, and workshops during the semester: an initial meeting in September, workshops in September, October, and final meeting in November. See schedule below:
International Student Mentor Program
Meetings and Workshops Fall 2020
Living in in the US and African American History
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Ms. Paula Gomez
Dr. Reginald Ellis
Workshop No. 1:
Healthy Living in the US
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Ms. Cedrita Demus
Dr. Kristine Fleming
Ms. Cynthia Portalatin
Mr. Jorge Olaves
Workshop No. 2:
Career Center Services
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Ms. Diana Garner
Ms. Marie Smallwood
Workshop No. 3:
Discussion Panel with International Students
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Ms. Paula Gomez
Dr. Reginald Ellis
November 2, 2020 |
Dr. William Hyndman
Dr. David Jackson Jr.
NOTE: the agenda may be subject to change
In addition to the virtual meetings and workshops, mentors and mentees are also expected to meet or interact virtually at least once a month on their own. Students choose to meet either on or off-campus to grab a coffee, share a meal, or even social activity, keeping in mind the social distancing guidelines.
How does the International Mentor Program Work?
Applicants must apply and be selected yearly and are eligible to serve a maximum of two years.
Applicants to become mentors must meet the following qualifications:
1. BE A MENTOR
Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are now OPEN. APPLY NOW
What are the responsibilities of a mentor?
An international student mentor must commit to supporting their mentees throughout the first year in achieving a successful personal and academic adjustment to college life. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Attend all five (5) meetings, and workshops during the semester.
· New Graduate Student Orientation (Fall and Spring)
· Graduate Student Appreciation Week
· During the Dean’s Fireside Chat Sessions
· Facilitate and coordinate meetings with your mentees at least once a month.
· Keeping in touch with one’s mentees on a weekly basis either via phone, email, or social media.
· Meet with a designated program coordinator at least once during the semester to check-in.
· Participating in the social activities organized by the International Education Office.
· Demonstrating a commitment to continue one’s own intercultural competence development and improving mentoring skills.
· Becoming more knowledgeable about Florida A&M University.
· Explaining how systems, policies, and procedures work at the University.
· Introducing mentees to resources on campus that will support their needs.
· Engaging in frequent reflection about assistance outcomes with one’s mentees.
· Submit the International Student Mentor Program Evaluation at the end of the semester.
· Attend the FAMU International Education Week in September 2020.
What will Students gain from being an International Mentor?
2. BE A MENTEE
Are you interested in becoming a mentee?
Please send an email to:
Ms. Paula Sofia Gomez, M.B.A.
International Admissions Coordinator
Office of International Education and Development
P: 1 850-599-3562
Dr. Reginald K. Ellis
Assistant Dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Research & Associate Professor
of History and African American Studies
As a mentee, you are responsible for: