MELT: Match – Empower – Learn – Teach is a peer mentoring program sponsored and coordinated by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Its purpose is to create a caring mentoring partnership between mentors (current sophomore, juniors, and seniors) and mentees (students who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students and other historically underrepresented students).
The goal of MELT is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, and social adjustment, and personal development. This happens by training peer mentors to assist mentees in developing confidence and positive attitudes about learning; respecting and involving mentees in decisions about their education and learning process; supporting and praising mentees for their efforts rather than criticizing them; and seeking to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll.
The program also assists peer mentors in their para-professional development by providing: experience in the field of higher education and student affairs services; free training in specialized areas in the field of higher education and student affairs services; increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles; and increased skill in creative problem-solving.
MELT Program Goals
- The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will recruit students to participate in the MELT at New Student Orientation sessions, the Multicultural Welcome Celebration, the Student Involvement Fair, through the Center webpage (sites.jcu.edu/inclusion), and in-person/online methods (e-mail, social media, etc.).
- MELT will foster a caring mentoring partnership between current students and incoming students; particularly students who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students and other historically underrepresented students.
- MELT will train peer mentors at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.
- MELT will host monthly group socials every fall and spring semester.
- The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will recruit peer mentors in the spring semester using their webpage (sites.jcu.edu/inclusion) and in-person/online methods (e-mail, social media, etc.).
MELT Learning Goals
- Participants in the Peer Mentoring Program will list and describe their points of individual contact using the Monthly Contact Reports (knowledge and comprehensive cognitive learning).
- Mentees will evaluate peer mentors at the end of each semester using the Peer Mentor Evaluation Tool (evaluation cognitive learning).
- The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion will assess the Peer Mentoring Program using the Monthly Contact Reports and Peer Mentor Evaluations (evaluation cognitive learning).
Connection to University Learning Goals and Strategic Plan
The development and implementation of the MELT is aligned with the University’s Learning Goals of Character and Leadership. Moreover, the MELT is linked to the University’s Strategic Plan Initiatives of (1) Academic Excellence: Student Thriving and (2) Faith that Does Justice: Inclusive Excellence Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.