Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program

Program Components

The Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program is comprised of the male student mentoring program, Ujima- the female student mentoring program, and the high school mentoring program

Male Student Mentoring

Established in 1992 under the auspices of the Executive Vice President/ Provost, Dr. Harley E. Flack, the male component of the Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program is a student support initiative whose goal is to enhance young men’s overall university experience by supporting them in developing core academic, professional, and cultural skills that will assist in their success at Rowan University. In this component male peer mentors known as Focus Peers support incoming first year students and faculty/staff mentors support upper-classmen.

Ujima Female Student Mentoring

Since its inception in the spring of 1995, Ujima (a Swahili term meaning “collective responsibility”) was primarily activated by interested young women who felt the need to connect with professional role models who would support them in fulfilling their personal and career goals. The goal of Ujima is to support and facilitate the academic success, empowerment, career preparation and leadership ability of female students through mentorship. In this component female peer mentors known as Sisterlinks support incoming first year students and faculty/staff mentors support upper-class students.

High School Mentoring

Developed out of an existing partnership with Delsea Regional High School, this component of the program partners with neighboring high schools to offer first-year and upper-class students the opportunity to serve as Mentoring Ambassadors who provide on-site mentorship to high school students. Mentoring Ambassadors help high school students deal with issues they face and encourage them to strive toward higher education.

Student Learning Outcomes

• Program participants who complete Peer-Mentor Training will serve as Peer-Mentors and will practice learned mentoring skills by effectively mentoring freshmen as demonstrated on completed Mentoring Meeting Logs.
• Program participants who attend the "Speak and Eat" Conversation Series will demonstrate their understanding of the importance of making healthy/safe choices as demonstrated on a post-conversations surveys.
• Program participants who attend the Academic Skills Workshop Series will demonstrate understanding and importance of academic skills respective to the workshop attended as demonstrated on a post-workshop survey.
• Program participants selected based on leadership potential who serve as Undergraduate Coordinators will receive guidance and support to practice leadership skills by assisting with monitoring peer-mentoring interactions, data collection and execution of programmatic events and activities during their year of service.
• Program participants who engage in one or more program-sponsored service projects will demonstrate greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of service learning to their overall educational and professional experience as demonstrated on a Post-Service Project Survey.