The SPAN Peer Mentoring Program is an opportunity for students who feel their transition to college may benefit from connecting with other students based on a shared experience or identity, such as:
- Students of color or multiracial students
- Students from minority faith backgrounds (e.g. Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, etc)
- Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender
- Students with disabilities (whether physical, learning, psychiatric, or other)
Benefits of the Program
Mentors use their familiarity with campus life and resources, as well as their personal experiences as someone from a similar background or life experience, to provide support and guidance to first-year students.
The program includes group activities so that first-year students get to know multiple upper-class students and fellow freshmen with similar interests. Some group activities are just for fun, and other are designed to empower students with life management and academic skills to lay a foundation for success.
Personalized Introduction to Campus Resources:
Mentors help first-year students get to know the resources that William & Mary offers, and how to utilize them for success.
Components of the Program:
As first-year students apply for SPAN, they will receive a welcome message from one of the SPAN Program Student Coordinators. First-year students will also be able to review online profiles of the mentors in the program.
Fall Kick-Off and Matching Event:
All mentors and proteges (first-year participants) will be invited to our kick-off event early in the fall semester. At this event, we'll have some fun, and first-year students will engage in "speed conversations" with potential mentors. Based on those they meet and their review of the mentor profiles, they will list their top preferences for a match.
Mentor -- Protege Relationship:
First-year students are paired with trained upper-class students who volunteer to serve as the new student's mentor for the academic year.
The program also offers periodic small group get-togethers, with the groups formed around things you have in common with other SPAN participants. Affinity Groups could be based on hobbies or interests, academic goals, personal characteristics, etc. You will indicate interest in Affinity Groups as part of the application process, and then you can participate in whichever group(s) you're interested in. With the assistance of the SPAN Coordinators, each group's members will plan the group's activities and decide how often these groups will convene.
Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:
If you have any questions about the SPAN Program, you may contact the Program Coordinator, Margie Cook, at firstname.lastname@example.org.