ETSU's BEST is committed to facilitating the academic and social transition of incoming first-year and current underrepresented students. The program empowers students to pursue their academic, professional, social, and personal goals. Mentors in the program provide student support and guidance to increase the students' success and increase engagement with the ETSU community.
The BEST Mentoring Program is one component of the Office of Student Success Division of Equity and Diversity housed in the Multicultural Center. Peer Mentoring involves a team of upper-class students who engage in various activities with new students ranging from individual guidance and social gathering to study groups. The BEST Mentoring Program aims to:
- Help underrepresented students to settle and make friends to develop a sense of belonging.
- Provide a supportive and affirming community to reassure underrepresented students’ concerns about starting college.
- Sustain and strengthen a vital student success program for underrepresented students.
- Proactively engage underrepresented students with their educational journey and career prospects.
- Foster a strong sense of community and purpose for academic, personal and professional growth and excellence.
- Provide students specific keys for college success sessions to boost their aspiration.
- Model intentional and purpose-driven mentorship where students are at ease to ask questions regardless how big or small they may seem.
- Equip Peer Mentors to demonstrate a genuine commitment to personal, academic, and global growth and well-being of one-self, their peers, and the community.
- Assist students to connect with the various academic, personal and professional supports that are available to them.
- Provide a space where students develop confidence in communicating with faculty on academic and personal level.