FOCUS is a structured mentorship program designed to offer first-year undergraduate students who identify as first generation college students of color the opportunity to develop relationships with NYU Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who can serve as resources and/or advocates through establishing an ongoing mentoring relationship.
FOCUS assists mentees in building community at NYU, creating a foundation on NYU’s campus through: opportunities for leadership development, connecting students to The Center for Multicultural Education & Programs (CMEP) and other NYU resources. FOCUS aims to create unity among all participants and ultimately support the educational and personal success of FOCUS mentees.
FOCUS mentees and mentors are selected through an application process. CMEP staff identify points of correlation between applicants to best match areas of support that potential mentors can provide to each student. Although the program can be a resource for career development, pairings are not primarily based on career interests. Instead, FOCUS staff carefully review each application to identify points of correlation (e.g. considering career, social identities, academic interests, hobbies, and goals) between potential matches. Mentors are selected to provide students with the opportunity to develop personal growth, fulfillment, retention, and mentorship that will continue beyond the time span of the program.
2019-2020 Important FOCUS Mentorship Program Dates• Thursday, September 12th @ 6pm: First-Gen Kickback/FOCUS Informational Session• Thursday, September 19th @ 6pm: Mentor Orientation• Thursday, September 24th @ 6pm: Mentee Orientation• Thursday, October 3rd @ 6pm: Opening Reception • Thursday, October 24th @ 6pm: Developmental Dinner• Tuesday, November 7th @ 6pm: Mentor Professional Development Session• Thursday, November 21st @ 6pm: Developmental Dinner• Friday, December 6th @ 6pm: FOCUS Outing• Saturday, February 8th @ TBD: Community Service Event• Thursday, February 27th @ 6pm: Developmental Dinner• Thursday, March 12th @ 6pm: Mentor Professional Development Session• Thursday, March 26th @ 6pm: Developmental Dinner• Thursday, April 2nd @ 6pm: Mentor Social• Thursday, April 23rd @ 6pm : Closing Reception/ End-of-Year Celebration
Program Goals:• To support the first-year transition and success of first-generation, students of color, and international students• To connect mentees to resources available at New York University • To aid students in developing positive connections with the broader NYU community • To create a positive support system for academic success, professional and social development
Program Benefits:• Establish meaningful, personal and professional relationships• Access and discounts to special events at NYU & the Greater NYC Community (i.e Think Coffee, Broadway Tickets, The Schomburg, El Museo De Barrio)• Attend FREE social events throughout the city (past excursions have included Dominican food & visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, seeing a hip-hop musical in Harlem, etc.)• Opportunities to present at conferences based on your experiences as first-generation undergraduate student of color• Priority volunteer consideration for University-wide events (i.e. MLK, Ally Week, etc.)• Special consideration for internships, job opportunities, and university committees• FOCUS book scholarship consideration
Mentee requirements:• Participate for the full academic year• Attend 3 of 4 Developmental Dinners• Create and submit FOCUS Partnership Agreement & Developmental Plan• Maintain monthly face-to face meetings with Mentor• Maintain bi-weekly communication schedule (email, phone calls, text messages) with your mentor• Complete all program feedback surveys & other assessment materials• Schedule and attend appointments with campus resources• Attend monthly office hours or schedule individual check-ins with FOCUS staff members
Please contact Natalie Asalgado (email@example.com) and Brian Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs with any questions.
The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs is located in the NYU Kimmel Center for Student Life at 60 Washington Square South, Suite 806, NY, NY 10012.