BRIDGES

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program is designed for racially underrepresented freshmen, sophomore and transfer students at Mississippi State University. Each student is assigned a MSU Faculty or Staff mentor for a year who will provide the student with professional and personal skills, resources and guidance to aid in the student’s growth and success at Mississippi State University.

Program Goals

  • Provide the opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship that will inspire personal and professional success.
  • Provide students with growth and developmental opportunities.
  • Allow faculty and staff to play a key role in development of students beyond the classroom.
  • Assist students in finding, understanding and utilizing campus resources.
  • Aid in retention and recruitment of racially underrepresented students at Mississippi State University.
  • Foster a relationship in which the student feels that there is someone on the faculty & staff who cares about his or her academic success, and to whom he or she can turn to when the need arises
  • Sensitize more faculty and staff to important issues that minority students experience on the campus.

Program Structure

  • Time Frame - One Academic Calendar Year
  • Target Audience - Underrepresented freshmen, sophomore and transfer students.
  • Mentee/Mentor Training offered online & face-to-face. Must be completed prior to first meeting.
  • Each Mentee (student) will be assigned to One Mentor (Faculty/Staff Member).
  • Mentees must connect with Mentors once per month to remain eligible.
  • Responsibilities of Mentor listed below.

Overview of Mentor Responsibilities

Minimum Requirements

  • Mentors are Faculty and/or Staff of Mississippi State University.
  • One Academic Calendar Year Commitment. (August 2018-May 2019).
  • Complete Mentor/Mentee training offered online or face-to-face.
  • Attend a minimum of 1 activity per semester planned for Mentor/Mentee(s) outside of the mandatory HCDC Faculty, Staff, and Student Mixer with Mentee(s).
  • Dedicate 1 – 5 hours per month to meeting with assigned mentee(s).
    • Meeting(s) should be informal and in neutral locations
      • Limited Food Vouchers Available upon request
    • Methods of communication include but are not limited to face-to-face meetings, phone calls, email, etc.
    • Although most meetings can be informal, Mentors should remember to focus on professional and personal development of the student.
      • Acclimating to MSU
      • Classroom successes
      • Student Organization Involvement
      • Physical and Mental well-being
      • Study Strategies
      • Personal, Professional and Academic Goals
  • Mentor is expected to provide a safe space for mentees or connect mentee with appropriate resource(s) to assist with questions, concerns, & issues.
    • Remember your obligations to Mississippi State University as a mandatory reporter of sexual misconduct, harassment, rape, suicide, etc.
  • Follow up on commitments made to mentee(s)
  • Contact mentee(s) if you are unable to attend scheduled meetings.
  • Complete evaluation form of prior month’s meeting by the 15th of the following month for program evaluation purposes.
  • Adhere to all guidelines and expectations set forth by Program Coordinators.
  • Contact Program coordinators if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.

Optional

  • Participate in Community Service Event with Mentee(s).
  • Allow Mentee(s) to shadow you for a day.
  • Attend recreational or student organization/club event with Mentee(s).

For additional information on becoming a mentor for the BRIDGES program, please contact oidi@msstate.edu.