Thank you so much for your interest in being a mentor in the NIA Mentor Program.  

Faculty/Staff Mentor Application:


What does it mean to be a Faculty or Staff Mentor in the NIA Mentor Program?

The NIA Mentor Program is at the center of the retention initiatives sponsored by the Student Life Office. NIA is an acronym that stands for NURTURING INITIATIVE and ACHIEVEMENT in students.  The Program uses a concept derived from the African Proverb, “It takes a whole village to raise a child”, to create a nurturing and supportive environment for minority students entering a predominantly white college campus.  Through our Workshops, NIA is responsible for assisting hundreds of students in making it through the transition to Buffalo State College from high school or their transfer school.

As a Faculty or Staff Mentor in the NIA Mentor Program you are an extremely important person.  By mentoring a student here at Buffalo State you play an active role in aiding the college’s retention efforts.  More importantly, you touch the life of the Mentee you interact with, as a friend and role model.

By accepting the role of a Faculty/Staff Mentor you will be responsible for:
  • Meeting your Mentee and Peer Mentor throughout the academic year.
  • Assisting your Mentee in meeting the requirements of the NIA Mentor Program: a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Attending Wednesday night  Well-Made Workshops whenever your schedule allows, especially early in the semester as it is a good opportunity to meet your Mentee.
  • Participating in  the end of the semester NIA Awards Banquets.
  • Reviewing the campus policy and procedures to remain current in the event your Mentee has questions.
  • Advising and counseling your Mentee through their academic and social transitions at Buffalo State.
  • Participating in social events with your Mentee such as athletic events, movies, etc.