Building Bridges

Soler And Blake

The Building Bridges Mentoring Program assists the University’s underrepresented student population to succeed academically as young scholars in one of the nation’s premier educational institutions by matching them with faculty from the departments that the students wish to explore as possible majors, e.g. chemical engineering, biological sciences, political science. 

The foundation of the program is built upon research that suggests that “freshmen benefit from mentoring programs which involve faculty and upper-class students interacting with freshmen outside of the formal classroom” (Tinto, 1987).

The primary goals of the program include: helping students develop skills to communicate effectively with faculty, assisting students with the selection of a major, as well as an academic and career advising. To meet these goals, students schedule monthly meetings with their faculty mentors. Through these meetings faculty and students work in tandem to explore opportunities designed to give students experiences that will help them with their discernment.

Students are selected in their first year to participate in the program. For additional information access our archives page or contact Arnel Bulaoro at abulaoro@nd.edu.

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