Minority Student Mentoring Program

SUNY SCCC Minority Student Mentoring Program (MSMP)

Mentoring can be defined as a sustained and supportive relationship between, on the one hand, a senior or experienced mentor, and on the other, a mentee who is just starting out in a career or in a field of studies. If done with deliberation and care, mentoring fosters personal growth and learning; it may easily be a critical factor in academic success. In the case of students who are disadvantaged by race, income, gender, ableness, or other markers, however, a “mentoring gap” exists. It is the aim of SUNY SCCC’s MSMP to help close this gap.


For purpose of this program, the designation “minority student” applies to members of groups that have historically experienced constricted opportunities in their academic fields, in their careers, or in the economy and society more generally. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • low-income students
  • racial or ethnic minority students
  • non-traditional college-age students
  • first generation students
  • students in fields/disciplines, or programs, in which their gender is underrepresented
  • international students and foreign nationals
  • gender non-conforming, trans, or LGBTQ students
  • religious minorities
  • students with disabilities

Students enrolling in the MSMP are paired with qualified mentors who offer support, guidance, and assistance to their mentees as they confront new challenges, or work to correct earlier problems that might otherwise turn into barriers to academic success.

The MSMP provides sustained training and support for mentors and mentees. By defining performance indicators and assessing outcomes, it targets mentoring efforts towards enhancing the academic experience of students, and increasing the retention, persistence, and completion rates of cohorts of program participants.

How to become a SUNY SCCC Mentee

Mentees must be enrolled at SUNY Schenectady County Community College and submit a mentor-mentee matching survey to be considered for placement with a mentor. Participation in the program is voluntary.

The mentoring process is a critical development component for a mentee and mentees should take full advantage of general guidance and advice from a mentor. A mentee should be available to meet and talk with their assigned mentor, as needed, throughout the Program. Mentors and mentees should meet at least once a month, and more frequently in case of need, and both parties should be committed to keeping channels of communication open.

Requirements for a Mentee

At a minimum, the mentee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a student at the College throughout the duration of the program
  • Be committed to a good faith effort to meet academic expectations
  • Be committed to a good faith effort to keep clear channels of communication open
  • Be committed to a good faith effort to be available for meetings with the mentor

Mentee Responsibilities

The mentee must accept the following responsibilities:

  • Return phone calls and emails from the mentor
  • Attend scheduled meetings with the mentor
  • Call or email the mentor with questions or concerns
  • Notify the mentor of changes of contact information
  • Notify the mentor should circumstances call for a discontinuation of the mentorship

Mentees and their mentors might very well realize in the course of the program that there are other responsibilities that need to be met. Mentees should communicate changing needs as soon as possible to their mentor.

For more information on the SUNY SCCC Minority Student Mentoring Program contact:
Dr. Babette Faehmel