• Two students meeting with two peer mentors for a group session.

    Participant learning and development opportunities: The program promotes a broad variety of learning opportunities and experiences that foster the intellectual and personal growth of each participant.

  • Peer mentor and mentees posing on a rickshaw.

    Mentor-mentee relationship building: Peer mentors and their mentees bond beyond their regularly scheduled meetings by attending cultural events such as the International Festival on campus.

  • Three participants standing outside a building on campus and having a conversation.

    Development of new personal support system: Program participants develop new relationships with one another and continue to support and encourage one another throughout their college careers.

  • Program participants posing, with their trophies, for a group photo.

    Staff and participant recognition: The program recognizes both outstanding participants for their academic achievements and peer mentors for their commitment to providing quality service.

  • Program staff posing for a photo with various program promotional items.

    Staff and participant recruitment: The program hires peer mentors year-round and offers academic support through peer mentoring during the fall and spring semesters.

The Mentoring for Success Program is a peer mentoring program designed to promote program participants' success at Western Michigan University through increased acceptance rates into participants' intended majors and increased college graduation rates. The program is geared toward achieving specific academic and developmental goals that are focused on participants' overall development. The program is optimized for and most beneficial to first-year and second-year students.

Our peer mentors provide undergraduate students in our target population academic support through one-on-one and small-group mentoring sessions, during which they may tutor, facilitate discussions, help students locate resources, and promote academic and life skills development. Our peer mentors come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to helping students succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and professionally.

Our program strives to ensure that all program participants are given the full opportunity to discover and develop their talents, interests, and unique potential, and to provide a learning-centered and student-centered environment that presents the context for intellectual, cultural, professional, and personal growth during the college experience. Program participants will learn to become an independent, confident learner and develop good study habits, learning techniques, and time management skills that will enhance their education and college experience, as well as to enable them to achieve a post-secondary degree.

The Mentoring for Success Program is funded by the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency's King-Chávez-Parks Initiative and WMU's Division of Multicultural Affairs. The program was formerly known as the Steps Toward Exhibiting Mastery Program. References to the former name will be found in our participants and former staff testimonials.

How to participate

Interested in the program? Get more information on how to apply for a peer mentor and participate in the program.

Check out our peer mentor recruitment flyer if you are interested in becoming a peer mentor of this program.

Safety procedures

Please report any suspected or alleged instances of wrongdoing or misconduct or concerns about inappropriate service provisions and practices by any peer mentor to the program director at (269) 387-3316. In case of a medical emergency or an immediate threat to your personal safety, call 911. For non-emergencies, call Western Michigan University's Department of Public Safety at (269) 387-5555.

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.