Hawk Mentors

  • Hawk Mentors are a group of highly trained Junior and Senior level students who possess the commitment, skill and knowledge to offer positive support and accurate information to first year students regarding core values of academic success: Engagement, Persistence, Leadership and Excellence.  All first year students are assigned a Mentor upon entering UMES. Mentors meet First Year Students where they are mentally and socially  and help them to successfully transition into the campus community. This occurs with a number of support systems (1) Peer support during the First Year Seminar course, (2) academic skill building seminars/workshops and (3) group "real-talks."

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    DEFINITION OF A MENTOR 

    A mentor is a person selected from a diverse group of University students representing various ages, programs, and cultures. As rising juniors and seniors at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, they are sensitive to the many changes and difficulties faced by new students. A Mentor has been carefully screened and selected. This individual is trained and prepared to assist freshmen and other students with personal, social, and academic needs.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MENTOR

    • Help students transition to and navigate through the institution, academic school or department by offering friendly peer contact.
    • Reinforce student skills for success such as time management, social and study skills, and personal and professional development.
    • Act as a role model and referral source for their mentees.
    • Actively participate in campus activities and demonstrate school spirit and “Hawk Pride.”