The University Minority Mentor Program (UMMP), provided through Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, is a valuable opportunity for first-year incoming undergraduate students to enhance their collegiate experience at the University of Florida. As they prepare to navigate the university during their first year, faculty, staff and upper-division students are here to assist them on their journey. Being involved in a mentoring relationship opens up the opportunity for first year students to deepen their relationship with the University of Florida and to jump start their academic careers by gaining insight and receiving support from great mentors.
UMMP is the only mentoring program that matches a first-year undergraduate student with a faculty or staff mentor to assist with the student’s transition to college. This program makes a large university campus seem smaller as connections are made and mentors encourage our students to complete a degree. We know there are many opportunities to take advantage of at the University of Florida, but UMMP is unique with the aim to make the transition to college easier and the goal of achieving a college degree more attainable and enjoyable.
University Minority Mentor Program (UMMP) is designed to support students in their transition to the University of Florida. This objective is achieved through active participation in one-on-one interactions between mentors and mentees, participation in UMMP events and attendance at cultural events.
- To coordinate mentoring-related experiences at the University of Florida for first-year students with a faculty/staff mentor and upper-division student peer mentor.
- To create opportunities and experiences for first-year students that encourage participation in academic, social and cultural activities
- To facilitate mentoring relationships and serve as a resource for Mentors, Mentees, and Transition Ambassadors
To that end, UMMP strives to:
- Provide a supportive and nurturing environment that promotes the personal, social, and intellectual development of incoming students.
- Assist students with academic and personal concerns, through one-on-one relationships.
- Connect students with an individual who is familiar with University traditions, policies, activities, and procedures.
- Encourage students’ participation in academic and social campus activities.
- Build relationships between faculty/staff that will be able to assist their mentees in finding research, employment, and internship opportunities.
- Create a relationship with a faculty/staff member who can later serve as an academic or professional reference.