Intercultural Engagement

Connect Mentorship Program

The Connect Mentorship Program is dedicated to helping first-year students become effective, successful and engaged members of Southern Methodist University. Mentors serve as a resource for students of color to assist first year students in becoming successful, independent, high achieving leaders in the SMU Community. They also assist proteges to develop personally and academically by introducing students to the many resources and variety of learning opportunities offered in the university community.


The Connect Mentorship Program is implemented through the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement (SCIE) at SMU and is an opportunity to connect incoming first year and transfer students of color to the SMU community both socially and academically. Through active recruitment, retention and support, Connect enhances the collegiate experience of all participants. There are two parts to the program:

1. Connect Institute (August 16-21) Early Move in will take place on Friday, August 16, 2019. A family reception will take place on Saturday, August 17 from 1-2:30 PM. 

The Connect Institute is a four-day extended orientation to SMU. During the Institute, you will interact with other new students, as well as returning students serving as small group mentors, and peer academic leaders. You will learn about support services that SCIE and other departments at SMU offer. The Connect Institute will feature leadership development and goal setting workshops, dinners and receptions with SMU faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as information on campus resources that will help you be successful. Since students will have moved in before the Connect Institute, they will be able to participate in all Stampede activities with no overlap.

2. Connect Mentorship Pairings (Mentorship pairs participate with Connect Institute but can also be separate if the incoming student is unable to attend the Institute)

Connect Mentorship Pairings are matched over the summer and students will hear from their mentor before arriving to campus early. These mentor small groups will serve as a resource, and mentor groups are encouraged to continue to meet throughout the year and will attend Connect and SCIE programs together.

Purpose & Goals

To assist first year and transfer students of color in their collegiate experience through peer mentoring and developing meaningful relationships that will lead to positive retention results for students of color at SMU.

Program Outcomes

  1. Retention rates for Connect students will meet and/or exceed all University retention rates.
  2. Connect students will benefit from the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills.
  3. Mentors and Protégés provide resources for one another and develop a sense of community for students of color on campus.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Connect Students will be able to identify careers associated with their academic majors and co-curricular interests.
  2. Connect Students will be able to recognize and communicate valuable resources available for student growth.
  3. Connect Students will develop interpersonal skills valuable to their personal development.

Interested in Participating?

Apply here by Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 11:45 PM. Late applications will not be accepted. 

2019-2020 Connect Mentors 

Click here to meet our 2019-2020 Connect Mentors! 



For more information, email or call 214-768-4580.