Recruiting and Retaining Faculty and Staff Mentors for Minority Students

Last updated December 5, 2019

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Last Updated

December 5, 2019

Recruiting and Retaining Faculty and Staff Mentors for Minority Students

Last updated December 5, 2019

How is your institution helping minority students navigate their collegiate experiences?


While many institutions have peer-to-peer mentoring programs in place, more departments are now charged with creating formal mentoring programs for minority students involving faculty and staff. Loyola University Chicago has several such faculty/staff mentoring programs to retain their students of color.

Join us online to learn about one of Loyola’s minority mentoring programs – Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES). Our expert presenter will demonstrate how LUCES recruits and retains faculty / staff mentors by:

  • Discussing personal and professional benefits of becoming a mentor
  • Clearly defining roles, applications, and mentor agreements
  • Offering mentor check-ins, brown-bag trainings, and continued support
  • Instituting mid-year assessments and an annual report for ongoing improvement

You will leave with advice on how to target a specific demographic to help increase a sense of belonging and persistence.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in using faculty/staff mentoring to increase the success rate of minority students will benefit from this webcast. This includes academic leaders, faculty, student advisors, and other student services professionals.


Using her LUCES program as an example, Paige Gardner from Loyola University Chicago will walk through the following themes:

  • Considerations for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff as mentors
    Why this is essential for the success of your minority students, and who to involve to get started
  • A framework for pairing mentors and mentees
    Why you should take essential qualities into account, such as shared cultures, similar backgrounds, and being of the same race
  • Meaningful interactions for mentees through mentorship
    How foundational courses and monthly workshops add to the impact of the program
  • Assessing your program
    How to identify areas for future growth and continual improvements