To establish a structured informal program that promotes and helps advance the success of (undergraduate and graduate) students in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). By establishing this program, the Dean of the Stater College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Pedro Mago, foresees the potential to increase students’ engagement, satisfaction, persistence, and success at WVU, while assisting with individual student professional development and community integration.
This program is implemented regularly, with meeting being facilitated every two weeks. In such meetings, successful alumni meet with students in a virtual format, in up to 3 sessions, with each such session of 30 min.
Who Are The Mentors
- Volunteers, i.e., academic units’ alumni basis
- Volunteers, i.e., other successful professionals with a passion for mentoring and with dedication to WVU and the Statler College mission “to honor the worth of every individual and sustain an environment where all people are encouraged to succeed and excel.”
Roles of Informal Mentors
- Informal mentors will provide a supportive environment for students enrolled in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU. They are expected to be available for informal discussions on professional development as related to overcoming barriers and thriving in a complex and diverse environment, guidance on work-family-life balance, and perspectives on different career paths, just to name a few.