A new Minority Mentoring Program at the Manassas Campus aims to partner minority and female students with leaders of the community. Students are paired with mentors, closely related to their fields or interest, with the goal to foster a relationship that will extend beyond academia into the student’s personal growth and career.
The first year’s program includes 23 students from all different majors. The mentors range from cyber security and IT executives, to vice president of business development and
education specialists from all over the area.
Mentees and mentors make a commitment to
meet at least five times during the academic year.
During the kick-off dinner on October 30th, Dr. Charlene Phillips gave opening remarks on the importance of a mentor, and Shelley Prince, Fairfax County Schools MentorWorks specialist, was the guest speaker. Students met their mentors for the first time during this event.
The program was created and chaired by Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste, co-chaired by Ramunda Young, and made possible by a grant from the NVCC Educational Foundation. Special thanks to Provost Roger Ramsammy for his
support and the committee members who worked
so tirelessly throughout the year: Dr. Anitza
San-Miguel, Dr. Ia Gomez, Rita Archer,
Alicia Grande, Dr. Mark Kidd, Pat Gary,
Kelly Usher, Nathaniel Staples, Heidi
Adamson, Dahlia Henry-Tett, Louronda
McCurray and Khaseem Davis.