"Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth—don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency." — Aesop
Play this video to learn more about the Civic Learning Mentor Experience:
The Civic Learning Mentor Experience is an informal mentoring program that gives students the opportunity to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with a JMU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student. Students meet weekly with their mentor and are free to discuss any number of topics including, but not limited to:
- Personal values
- Life at JMU
- Common interests
- Time management
- Academic and career endeavors
- Opportunities for involvement at JMU
Students will also work with their mentor to create a personal mission statement. The mentoring pair will then identify short- and long-term goals and strategies for achievement that can be implemented during the relationship as well as after the mentoring experience has concluded.
Goals of the Mentor Experience
- Students will increase their self knowledge and understand how their personal actions impact and influence the university community.
- Students will increase their level of connection and/or belonging to the university.
- Students will increase their level of civic engagement within the university community.
- Students will demonstrate an increased motivation to change behavior patterns that could lead to a judicial violation.
- Students will demonstrate increased self awareness, including a sense of purpose and its relation to future goals.
- Students will recognize involvement opportunities or services which may facilitate their ability to reach their identified goals.
- Students will increase involvement at JMU in order to reach their mission and goals.