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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

"Having the opportunity to be mentored by a professional outside of my current office, I am grateful for the knowledge and wisdom I have gained. My mentor created a safe and welcoming environment, where we laughed and thought provoking questions were asked, challenging and giving me the opportunity to see a different perspective of Student Affairs. My mentor challenged and supported me in different ways, which helped me become a better professional and a finer person. Helping me transition to NSU and process my role as a first year graduate assistant. I couldn’t be more thankful to have been guided by my mentor in this crucial part of my professional journey." – Ceasar, 2nd year CSA Graduate Student 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

Mentor Testimonial

"Being  a mentor has allowed me to work with graduate students across DOSA/COUS and support them during their time at NSU and during their first student affairs job search. This opportunity has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my tenure here at NSU." - Daren, DOSA/COUS Mentor

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 Shantrell Jenkins at sjenkins@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 (Deadline to submit is August 24, 2018)
  • 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, Shantrell Jenkins, 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 Concetta D’Alessio at cdalessio@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 (Deadline to submit is August 24, 2018)
  • 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. Each mentor 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
  • 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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