What is a Compass Mentor?
Compass Mentors work with 3-5 first-year students who identify as first-generation and/or lower-income. A mentor's main objective is to assist their mentees as they navigate Northwestern, seek out resources, and find community. Mentors do this by facilitating one-on-one meetings, social events, and workshops for the mentees. Compass Mentors begin supporting their mentee in the Fall through the end of the academic year.
Compass Mentor Responsibilities
- Attend Mentor Meet & Greet: Monday, May 11, 6:00-6:30 pm (pending COVID-19 precautions)
- Attend Compass Mentor Spring Orientation: Monday, May 18, 6:00-7:30 pm (pending COVID-19 precautions)
- Attend Compass Mentor Fall Retreat: Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20
- Attend weekly Monday Professional Development workshops 6:00-7:30 pm
- Fall: Monday, September 28, 2020- Monday, November 16, 2020
- Winter: Monday, January 11, 2021- Monday, March 1, 2021
- Spring: Monday April 5, 2021-Monday, May 17, 2021
- Attend weekly Friday Mentor & Mentee Workshops 5:00-7:30 pm
- Fall: Friday, October 2, 2020- Friday, November 20, 2020
- Winter: Friday, January 15, 2021- Friday, March 5, 2021
- Spring: Friday, April 9, 2021-Friday, May 21, 2021
- Participate in bi-weekly 1:1s with SES Staff Mentor
- Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly one-on-one with each mentee
- Coordinate and facilitate quarterly "Pod" Hangouts with all mentees
- Coordinate and facilitate 1-2 weekend social events per quarter
- Create and facilitate 1-2 workshops per quarter
- Manage quarterly budget of allotted money
Qualifications & Competencies(Education, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Must identify as a lower-income student
- Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th year students are encouraged to apply.
- Rising 2nd year students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Assistant Director of Student Enrichment Services, Mayra Garces, using Calendly before applying
- Must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic and non-academic standing
- Must be on-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year (Students with a local practicum/JR are eligible)
- Strong interest in the support and development of low-income and/or first-generation college students
- Previous experience as a peer mentor or a similar position is preferred, but not required
- Previous experience facilitating dialogues and/or workshops is preferred but not required
- Previous experience planning events is preferred, but not required
Mentors are paid $3000 . They will be paid each quarter, in three installments of $1000. Work-study strongly preferred, but not required.