The Office of Diversity Programs is committed to attracting talented, traditionally underrepresented students to the University and supporting their successful matriculation throughout their graduate and/or professional programs. Towards these ends, we welcome students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to participate in the Mentoring Institute, an interdisciplinary, inter-ethnic mentoring program. Through the Mentoring Institute, first year students develop longitudinal relationships with dedicated faculty members who believe that diversity, with its many facets, serves as a cornerstone for scholarship and innovation among a community of learners.
The Mentoring Institute organizes social and professional development activities throughout the school year to foster community among students and faculty mentors, provide opportunities for networking and professional development and acclimate student participants to the rigors of life within and beyond the academy.
The Mentoring Institute seeks to create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for students. Our goals include the following:
- Facilitate a positive social and academic transition into graduate studies for students who are traditionally underrepresented in their respective disciplines at the University of Virginia. Additionally, to contribute to setting a foundation for their success throughout graduate studies.
- Create communities of mutual learning and respect within and between diverse and interdisciplinary cohorts. Promote innovation and improved quality of life for all by increasing the successful matriculation, advancement and graduation of scholars and professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in advanced studies.