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Office of Student Equity

About Us

The Compass Mentor Program (formerly Multicultural Student Mentor Program) is a peer-to-peer model designed to facilitate the successful transition and retention of incoming first-year students of color as well as populations targeted by the Access Center, LGBTQ+ Center, and the Undocumented Student Center. This program promotes and facilitates student interaction and provides opportunities for students (Mentors and mentees) to connect and form strong academic relationships, share knowledge, and work together to succeed in college. 

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Students who participate in the Compass Mentor Program (CMP) receive academic credit, intensive training, and the opportunity and satisfaction of serving new students. In addition, mentors are awarded a scholarship while having the opportunity to enhance their teamwork, interpersonal communications, and cross-cultural skills. Students select and design activities, participate in ongoing individual projects and special events and gain leadership skills in the field of mentoring and leadership development.

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Application Process


To become a Compass Student Mentor, interested students must complete an on-line application during the fall semester previously to the academic year they would like to be a mentor.

Click here to access the Mentor application when applications are being accepted for submission. 

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If you have questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact: 

Stephen Bischoff, Ph.D., | 509-335-7704 Director, Office of Student Equity