Students Excelling in Education and Development Mentoring Program


The mission of the Students Excelling in Education and Development (SEED) peer mentoring program in the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University is to provide academic and social connectedness that increases student success, disciplinary program engagement, and university and community involvement for all program participants.


To produce future CEHD professionals who are holistically equipped to make an impact in their spheres of influence.

Why mentorship?

The college environment has changed. Today’s higher education institutions are serving five generations of college students. It is an institutional identity for every Bronco to be learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. The College of Education and Human Development equally wants to see all of our future professionals successful. When participants are fully engaged to mentoring, the benefits can be life changing.

How it works

The SEED mentoring program was developed in fall of 2015 to better assist CEHD students in their transition to college life. SEED is multi-dimensional and multigenerational in its approach. Each participating incoming student will be matched with an upperclass student in their program of study as a mentor for the school year. In addition, each matched pair will be matched to a professionally established alumni in the same discipline.

The undergraduate pair is expected to develop a relationship over the school year by attending events in our campus community, studying, taking advantage of offered workshops and meeting with their alumni mentor. The alumni mentor will aide by meeting with the matched pair a prescribed number of times during the semester. At the end of the Spring semester, the mentor-mentee pair are invited to attend a networking lunch where they are able to meet their alumni mentor and interact with others.

Our undergraduate pairs will be paid through experience. CEHD is creating leaders who are culturally competent and service-oriented. As being a part of the program, our students will have access to events in our community at the expense of the College. Participating students can sign up for events and will receive more information as the event approaches.


  1. To create a strong college identity with our incoming participating students that will further solidify their CEHD major choice.
  2. To provide strong intra-disciplinary peer-to-peer accountability.
  3. To expose first-year students to campus and community resources.
  4. To strengthen the connection of professionally established alumni to the College.

WMU nondiscrimination statement

Western Michigan University prohibits discrimination or harassment which violates the law or which constitutes inappropriate or unprofessional limitation of employment, University facility access, or participation in University activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, protected disability, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status.

How to apply

During our first year of service, the program will first be offered to students who are a part of our human development disciplines—Departments of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Performance and Health Education. Our current model includes 30 mentees, 30 mentors, and 30 alumni mentors. Program spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a completed application is received, the CEHD Student Success Team will contact interested individuals to inform them on where we are in the process.

Individuals who are not selected within the first 30 available slots will be wait-listed. In the event that a mentee/mentor is not fulfilling program obligations, they can be replaced to allow someone else to receive the service. The CEHD Success Team reserves the right to revoke program incentives for students who are not fulfilling the obligation(s) of their role.

The commitment to the program is fall and spring semester. This program is not a tutoring program, however, there are many available resources on campus to assist students with academic needs. Download a list of the program requirements before deciding if this is something you would like to take part in.

Apply to be a mentor Apply to be an alumni mentor

Current Mentors and Mentees

Please follow the link for documents for current SEED mentors and mentees.

SEED forms