Be A Trailblazer Elite Mentor

Help a student on his/her journey to graduation

The Trailblazer Elite program is recruiting faculty and staff to become mentors to our first-generation UNT Dallas students as they begin their college journey.  

Mentoring a student is a meaningful and enriching experience that benefits both students and employees and mentors are compensated for successfully completing mentor responsibilities. Mentors make a commitment to:
•    Meet with student mentees twice a month.
•    Attend monthly check-in meetings.
•    Document student progress.
•    Communicate with a program supervisor.

Sign up today by completing the TBE Mentor Commitment Form.  The deadline to sign-up is August 1.

 

See what past volunteers have to say

Sherelle Shaw

sherelle shawWhy is it important to you to be a mentor in the Trailblazer Elite program?

I wanted an opportunity to provide information to my mentee that I would have loved to have loved to receive while completing my undergraduate degree. As a first-generation college graduate, there were many things that I had to learn along the way.   

What has your experience been as a mentor?

I enjoyed the opportunity to work with my mentee. We discussed goals for the semester, future career goals and time management strategies. After each meeting, action steps were established. 

Why would you encourage other faculty and staff to become a Trailblazer Elite mentor?

The Trailblazer Elite mentor program provides students with mentors that assist them with navigating their college career, balancing the demands of life and managing the uncertainty and anticipation of what post-college life has in store. Great mentors can have a life-changing impact on a student’s college career by providing guidance along the way. This opportunity provides a great way to pour into the next generation.

 

Teresa Espino

Teresa EspinoWhy is it important to you to be a mentor in the Trailblazer Elite program?

I have always believed in giving back to others what has been given to me. I was fortunate to have found mentors later in life who helped get my life on track academically and personally. I was especially grateful for their guidance and support because I, too, needed it as a first-generation student and daughter of immigrants. When I see our students, I see a younger version of myself who was so hopeful and determined, but didn’t have the resources to be successful. I want to make sure our students don’t struggle like many of us have had to, and to be a source of support for them and their families.

What has your experience been as a mentor?

I am enjoying it so far. I have an opportunity to step outside of my day-to-day job and dedicate my time and energy to helping two strong and determined mentees become all they want to be.

Why would you encourage other faculty and staff to become a Trailblazer Elite mentor?

It’s such a fulfilling and empowering experience. You get to help young people become leaders, while also growing professionally.

 

Susan Harper

Susan HarperWhy is it important to you to be a mentor in the Trailblazer Elite program?

I was a first-generation college student myself, and I remember arriving on a campus with more students than the population of my hometown. It was intimidating. I had an older sister who had gone to college, but her experience at a private school on the east coast was very different than mine. I was used to being a smart kid in a small town and now I was surrounded by all of these people and felt
I could get completely swallowed. I know how important it was to me to have people who took genuine interest in me and who could help me when I was lost. I believe that mentoring is one way to help our students succeed, and it’s one tool in the fight for educational justice.

What has your experience been as a mentor? 

My two Trailblazer Elite mentees are an absolute joy. They are two very different people, and I have loved getting to know them. They each need different things from me and bring out different things in me as a mentor. I have loved getting to know these two young people and can’t wait to work with them further. I am sad that COVID-19 interrupted our biweekly coffee dates.

Why would you encourage other faculty and staff to become a Trailblazer Elite mentor?

This is a chance to really get to know the students we serve on a personal level and to impact them – and to have them impact you. The time and energy commitments are well worth it when you get to see your mentees blossom, overcome an obstacle, set a new goal or just get excited about what they are doing.