Story by Kessley Miller
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Two Rose State employees were honored for their work in mentoring college students at the seventh annual Oklahoma Mentorship Day on Jan. 18. eighty-six mentors from Oklahoma and Texas were honored for their work at the event held at Oklahoma State University.
This mentorship award was through the David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
Erica Alvarez, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Rose State, was honored for her work with the R is for Thursday program, which helps individuals who have gone through the foster care system and graduated high school.
The program helps each student transition smoothly to college. It is open to any student on campus as well. Alvarez said she wants to help any student who is struggling.
“More than anything it is about being a support system,” Alvarez said. “A lot of our students need additional resources. Unfortunately, a lot of them go without [one] … [This] is [about] being a support system for students and helping them outside of the classroom.”
Having a mentor throughout college can help a student handle classes, work and other activities. According to the Forbes website, mentorship is a way to soak up the wisdom of those who have gone before you, in a way that sticks.
Professor Chris Knox, reading coordinator and CLICK coordinator at Rose State, was also honored for her work with the CLICK program. CLICK stands for Community Learning In Critical Knowledge. This program allows students to have specialized tutoring by full-time professors at Rose State. Students can do homework, have professional help in certain subjects and build relationships with their mentors.
CLICK meetings are from 2–3 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and there are eight different professors on campus to assist students.
“Many of the mentorees I have are students I have already known from previous semesters, so there is already a bond established there,” Knox said. “If there is a student I do not know on the orientation day, there is a slip we pass around that asks students what area they would like to focus on or a special mentor the student would like to have.”
Mentorship is an important aspect to success in life. For information on mentorship opportunities, contact Erica Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Knox at email@example.com.
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