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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 mentees have the opportunity to attend workshops designed specifically to help them get a jump S.T.A.R.T. on their journey to graduation.

S.T.A.R.T. - Strategic Tools for Achievement, Retention, and Transition workshops are 60-90 minute seminars designed to equip MASAI students with the resources, knowledge, and life skills essential for academic, social, and personal success at ISU.





Are you a first-year or transfer students interested in being mentored through MASAI?

Complete the MASAI Mentee Interest Form before July 23, 2014 for full consideration.

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
* Connections to faculty and staff committed to your academic achievement and personal success

Expectations of MASAI participants:

* Be committed to your academic success!
* Meet weekly with your MASAI mentor for study hours
* Attend MASAI workshops(weekly academic, social, and personal development workshops)
* Attend monthly community, cultural, and educational programs
* Be the BEST REDBIRD you can be!

Contact Angela Davenport, Diversity Advocacy Coordinator, at MASAI for more information.


For more information about becoming a mentor contact Angela Davenport, Coordinator.






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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