CSU, Chico News

Conference Focuses on Impact of Mentoring

Date: 10-14-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s First Year Experience (FYE) Program will host a conference focusing on the important role of mentoring in students’ success Friday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Experiential Mentoring Conference is free, and will be held in different locations in Colusa and Tehama halls. For more information, call the FYE office at 530-898-3705 or go to http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/mentoringconference/index.shtml. For disability related accommodations, please contact the FYE office.

The conference will consist of panels, workshops and demonstrations led by faculty, staff and students. Session topics at the conference include how student volunteers are prepared by their peers for working with older adults and how advisers help students on academic probation set goals to improve their grades.

Gina Tigri, event coordinator for the conference and program assistant in FYE, said the theme of the conference, “Building Community Through Mentoring,” emphasizes the impact of supportive relationships in helping students thrive.

“In addition to providing opportunities for individuals to develop skills and knowledge, mentoring can cultivate positive and caring relationships,” Tigri said. “We really want to emphasize the significant impact that mentoring can have by creating opportunities for individuals to connect and learn from each other.

“Ultimately, through mentoring, we are building a community that supports one another,” she said. “Through this conference, we hope to raise awareness about the mentoring programs that exist here and further develop a mentoring culture on our campus and in our community.”

The First-Year Experience Program aims to assist entering students' successful transition to college life, providing students with academic and civic engagement opportunities that are unique to CSU, Chico. Among the long-standing FYE programs are the Town Hall Meeting, Chico Great Debate and the Book in Common.