The village mentor is a crucial component of a successful Engineering Village. Engineering Village mentors are upperclassmen who live in the village and work collaboratively with the Resident Advisors (RAs) to provide an enjoyable and educational experience for all residents. They serve as a liaison between the village community, University Housing and the College of Engineering. Mentors play a key role in reinforcing a comprehensive experience that blends the co-curricular with the academic. The overarching goal of the village mentor is to serve as a model of good leadership and responsible academic and social behavior.
To support the village curriculum, mentors:
- Build relationships with village residents by scheduling dinners, socials, games and sharing their challenges and successes they experienced during their first year in the College of Engineering and the Engineering Village;
- Encourage village members to participate in hall, campus, and College of Engineering events and activities to facilitate peer connections and bonding;
- Provide guidance for students utilizing the Engineering Village’s Design Studio for 3D printing projects;
- Hold office hours to provide academic mentorship and support for the challenging first-year courses in Calculus I, II, or III, Physics I and Chemistry. Because these courses are vital to CODA expectations, mentors are also available to help students learn and take advantage of village and campus-wide resources, including academic engagement groups, in-hall study groups, and in-hall tutoring and academic advising;
- Plan and implement team building and leadership development activities during village-sponsored trips