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FOCUS Mentorship Program


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.

Please contact Amani Walker at the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs with any questions, 212-998-4418 or

The program application has closed for 2017-2018 but check back soon for exciting updates about FOCUS and continued ways to be involved!