The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides advisement and counseling services for "Students of Color" with the retention and graduation of "Students of Color" serving as the primary focus of this office. A variety of Multicultural Programs are designed, implemented, and co-sponsored by this office, for example, The Martin Luther King,Jr. Convocation Program, African-American History Month Programs, and Women's History Month Programs. The Director also serves as co-advisor of the Black Student Initiative (BSI) Organization and participates as an active member of the Early Alert and Student Life Committees; plus serves as Chairperson of the Peer Mentor Program.
The office of Multicultural Affairs Office assists in providing a comfortable and safe campus environment for "Students of Color". The Director often presents classroom seminars on various multicultural topics. All students are Welcome to stop by the office to discuss concerns related to Diversity and to discuss how students and faculty/staff can become active participants in joint campus/community activities.
Peer Mentor Program
This Student Retention Program connects Upper-Class Students of Color Leaders with Freshmen Students of Color to enhance their assimilation and socialization to the Wilmington College Campus Culture. The Peer Mentoring Program has been in existence since 2000 and has traditionally enrolled 20 to 30 Freshmen Students of Color as mentees in the program. For the past 8 years both Peer Mentors and their mentees have become prominent student leaders on the Wilmington College Campus and are often among our most successful graduates. Peer Mentors are supervised by a Peer Mentoring Committee that recruits, selects, trains, and evaluates the performance of Peer Mentors.
Some of the duties and expectations of Peer Mentors are as follows: To advise and support two mentees by meeting weekly with them to discuss their academic and social progress on campus- To help foster a “Cultural Family” on campus by addressing the needs of Freshmen Students of Color- To Serve as a resource person on campus as well as in the local community- To design and attend on campus and off campus social activities with mentees- To complete monthly written mentee evaluation forms and to discuss mentee progress with Mentor Supervisors on a bi-monthly basis.
The ultimate goal of the Peer Mentoring Program is to increase the Retention and Graduation Rates of Students of Color at Wilmington College by recruiting successful Upper Class Students of Color to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to members of the incoming Freshmen Class. The Director of Multicultural Affairs serves as Chairperson of the Peer Mentoring Committee which has the primary oversight of this program.
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Art Brooks, ext. 335