FOCUS is a structured mentorship program designed to offer first-year undergraduate students who identify as first generation college students and/or students of color the opportunity to develop relationships with NYU Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who can serve as resources and/or advocates through establishing an ongoing mentoring relationship.
FOCUS assists Mentees in building community at NYU, creating a foundation on NYU’s campus through: opportunities for leadership development, connecting students to The Center for Multicultural Education & Programs (CMEP) and other NYU resources. FOCUS aims to create unity among all participants and ultimately support the educational and personal success of FOCUS mentees.
FOCUS mentees and mentors are selected through an application process. CMEP staff identify points of correlation between applicants to best match areas of support that potential mentors can provide to each student. Although the program can be a resource for career development, pairings are not primarily based on career interests. Instead, FOCUS staff carefully review each application to identify points of correlation (e.g. considering career, social identities, academic interests, hobbies, and goals) between potential matches. Mentors are selected to provide students with the opportunity to develop personal growth, fulfillment, retention, and mentorship that will continue beyond the time span of the program.
The program application has closed for 2017-2018 but check back soon for exciting updates about FOCUS and continued ways to be involved!
• To support the first-year transition and success of first generation, students of color, and international students
• To connect Mentees to resources available at New York University
• To aid students in developing positive connections with the broader NYU community
• To create a positive support system for academic success, professional and social development
• To introduce students to campus events and student clubs
• To connect students with campus resources and student services
• To develop a sense of community
• To help build strong mentor-mentee relationships
• To develop global & culturally sensitive leaders
• To develop students professionally
• Establish meaningful, personal and professional relationships
• Access and discounts to special events at NYU & the Greater NYC Community (i.e Think Coffee, Broadway Tickets, The Schomburg, El Museo De Barrio)
• Attend FREE social events throughout the city (past excursions have included Dominican food & visiting the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, seeing a hip-hop musical in Harlem, etc.)
• Opportunities to present at conferences based on your experiences as first-generation undergraduate student of color
• Priority volunteer consideration for University-wide events (i.e. NYU MLK Week, NYU Ally Week, etc.)
• Special consideration for internships, job opportunities, and university committees
• FOCUS Book Scholarship consideration