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Mentoring and Academic Success Achievement Initiative (MASAI)


Illinois State University works to create a small school environment where students receive the support and assistance they need. Diversity Advocacy, a unit of the Dean of Students Office, offers a program which seeks to help accomplish this goal: The Mentoring and Academic Success Achievement Initiative (MASAI). 

The mission of the MASAI mentoring program is to assist in the retention of students who identify as first generation, low income or historically underrepresented at Illinois State University.

Through MASAI, first-year and transfer students are paired with upper-class students who serve as mentors and role models. During the fall semester, mentors assist mentees with academic work, help them get involved in the campus community and organizations, assist with their transition into the University culture, and provide information about campus resources.



MASAI gives you:

* Individualized attention from a peer mentor dedicated to your success
* Access to academic support and resources
* Opportunities for social and cultural activities
* Opportunities for leadership development and involvement
* Exposure to faculty and staff committed to your academic achievement and personal success



For more information about the mentoring contact Angela Davenport, Coordinator.


Are you a first-year or transfer students interested in being mentored through MASAI? Contact Angela Davenport, Diversity Advocacy Coordinator, at MASAI for more information.

Expectations of MASAI participants:

* Be committed to academic success
* Meet weekly with your MASAI mentor
* Schedule weekly study hours
* Attend monthly cultural and educational programs
* Be excited about being a REDBIRD!






Diversity Advocacy

387 Student Services Building
Campus Box 5800
Normal, IL 61790-5800
Phone: (309) 438-8968
Facsimile: (309) 438-5593


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