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College Student Affairs Shark Mentorship

Overview

The College Student Affairs Shark Mentorship Program, provides students in the M.S. in College Student Affairs program opportunities to cultivate supportive mentor-mentee partnerships with student affairs professionals. The program aims to facilitate mentoring relationships which encourages academic, professional and personal development. 

Mentee Testimonial

"Now that I’m completing my second and final year at NSU as a CSA student and Graduate Assistant, I am truly grateful for the mentor program. My mentor has given me as much or as little time as I needed with her, and provided guidance and support for me in areas I didn’t expect upon starting the program. The opportunity to connect with a Student Affairs professional on campus in this capacity is unique and it has made my time at NSU a more impactful experience." –Annie, Mentee

Mentee Testimonial

"I have greatly appreciated the guidance and support my mentor has provided. Beginning as a graduate assistant marked my first “professional” job, something that was fairly daunting upon retrospection. By meeting regularly with an individual outside of the Assessment and Student Engagement Office, I was able to better process, understand, and navigate my transition to becoming a professional. As a result of participating in the CSA Mentoring program, I truly believe I have developed—personally and professionally—more than I would have if I did not participate in the mentoring program." –Nikki, Mentee

If you are interested in participating in the program, please submit an interest form located below.

A CSA Shark Mentee is a student in the College Student Affairs Graduate Program who has elected to connect with a CSA Shark Mentor throughout their time at NSU. These students may wish to collaborate with a mentor to work on goals, collaborate on projects, and gain insight, tips, and tools that will assist their professional and personal development. If you are interested in becoming a CSA Shark Mentee, please fill out the CSA Shark Mentorship Interest Form. For additional information about the program, please email Concetta D’Alessio at cdalessio@nova.edu.

In order to participate in this program, we ask that student affairs graduates agree to the following:

  • Submit a CSA Shark Mentee Interest Form (Open until September 1, 2017)
  • Commit to participating in the program for at least one academic year.
  • Attend the CSA Shark Mentorship Training and Reveal
  • Devote time to the relationship. Each mentee (student) is expected to meet his/her mentor on a regular basis (at least three times per semester) to set educational, career and personal development goals as well as identify and implement strategies to meet those goals. The actual dates, times, and locations are negotiated between the mentee and his/her mentor.
  • Commit to the mentor/mentee relationship. Keep the mentor(s) informed of academic and professional progress, successes, challenges and other concerns.
  • Attend at least one social with your mentor.
  • Check in with program staff, Samantha Yorke, via email or appointment once a semester.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the CSA Shark Mentoring Program by completing the end of semester evaluation survey.

A CSA Shark Mentor is a staff member at NSU who has volunteered time to support, challenge, and empower students in the College Student Affairs Graduate Program. A Mentor meets on a regular basis with their mentee to discuss professional or personal topics that may be salient to the mentee. Mentors serve as a valuable resource for CSA students and are greatly appreciated by the DOSA/COUS community. If you are a professional in Student Affairs and are interested in becoming a CSA Shark Mentor, please email Jay MacDuffie at jmacduffie@nova.edu.

Mentors participating in the program are committed to providing graduate students with the following:

  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor, fill out the form here (Open until September 1, 2017)

  • Attend the CSA Shark Mentorship Training and Reveal
  • Commit to participating in the program for at least one academic year.
  • Devote time to relationship and be fully present during mentoring sessions.
  • Share knowledge and experiences to benefit the academic, professional and personal development of your mentee.
  • Attend at least one social with your mentee.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the CSA Shark Mentoring Program by completing the end of semester evaluation survey.
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