The purpose of the Eagle STAR Mentoring Program is to support the University College's mission of ensuring a successful transition for first and second year undergraduate students to the point that they become successful during their college matriculation at North Carolina Central University. The Eagle STAR Mentoring Program has been designed to assist in the social, personal, and academic acclimation to NCCU by pairing incoming first-year students with outstanding sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students who act as peer mentors throughout the academic year. Each mentee will also receive a professional mentor to help with personal, professional, and career development.
A mentor is defined as a knowledgeable and experienced guide, a trusted ally and advocate, and a caring role model. An effective mentor is respectful, reliable, patient, trustworthy, and a very good listener and communicator. Here at NCCU, professional mentors can be found among faculty, professional staff, alumni, and community partners. However, mentors can also be found in the ranks of the students themselves. The Eagle STAR Mentoring Program provides first-year students with a professional mentor and a peer mentor. Due to their close association with other students, our peer mentors are invaluable to the program. Many times, when new students are confronted with an academic or personal problem, the student will seek out advice from a peer first. Both our professional mentors and peer mentors are trained to assists the mentees with their social, personal, and academic development at NCCU. The mutually beneficial relationship between the mentors and mentees provides great fulfillment for all parties involved.