To enhance the quality of the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations through programs, services, advocacy, and campus and community involvement.
Through faculty and staff mentoring and peer group networking, to improve the retention and eventual graduation rates of all students in the Texas Tech University System, with a special focus on those from underrepresented groups, by fostering a campus climate that is conducive to their academic, social, and cultural needs and interests.
The program was piloted in November of 2002 with forty-six students and more than 100 mentors. Since that time, Mentor Tech has continued to flourish. A unit within the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Mentor Tech has grown to more than 600 total participants. Annually, a minimum of 125 new students are accepted into the program.
- Provide students with information, encouragement and direction while assisting them in reaching their academic, personal, and professional goals.
- Encourage positive and realistic self-appraisals, intellectual development and clarification of values, appropriate personal choices, wellness, and collaboration.
- Promote and encourage academic and personal growth and community involvement.
- Enhance the quality of student adjustment and campus life by identifying environmental conditions that may negatively affect their experience in the Texas Tech University System.
- Provide leadership in the promotion of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.
- Provide support for initiatives designed to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups.
- Promote advocacy for students and their rights.
- Assure equal access and opportunity for all students.
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