Who are the WISE Mentors?

2017-2018 WISE Mentors at the August 2017 Bridge Welcome

Each floor has WISE Resident Mentors and University Resident Assistants who work together to create an engaging and supportive environment in the WISE Village. WISE Mentors serve as student leaders who live in the Village with their Mentees, acting as a resource to help smooth first year students’ transition from high school to college.

What’s the difference between a WISE Mentor and a Resident Advisor?

WISE Mentors are upperclass women in science and engineering who have “been there/done that” and can help first year students academically and socially. Under the supervision of the WISE Graduate Assistant and Associate Director, mentors work with RAs to build community in the WISE Village. Mentors also provide programming for their mentees and are involved in programming within the WISE Village.

Lee Hall Resident Assistants serve as liaisons between University Housing and residents. Under the supervision of the Residence Director and the Community Director, RAs help to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying within the residence hall, help to build community on their floors and in the building, serve as mediators for residents in conflict with one another, and enforce Housing policies.

Mentor Purpose:

  • Enhance the first year experience for students participating in the WISE Program. Mentors will assist the first-year students in their transition from high school to the college environment through mentoring, tutoring, and community building
  • Encourage sophomore WISE students to continue making connections within WISE and beyond, and to help them find leadership, internship, research and other kinds of opportunities that will help them in their development