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Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

Students benefit from the encouragement, sound advice, and ongoing support from those who have succeeded in reaching their goals. Students are able to better define educational, career and life goals with such resources at hand, particularly having support through whatever obstacles they may face during these times. The focus of the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program at Boston College is to assist undergraduate students in building these solid foundations. The underlying objective of the program is to inspire students to strive toward excellence and giving them a steady advocate while they navigate college.


Mentoring Program

Negotiating a large university campus can be challenging for any freshman, but AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) students at Boston College can find support through the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program. This mentoring program, named after the great educator Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, who himself served as a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others, was established in 1991 by the Office of AHANA Student Programs under a Ford Foundation grant for improving campus diversity. The Mays Mentoring Program is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to have a personal connection with a faculty member, administrator, or staff who can guide them through the college environment.

The Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program attempts to ameliorate potential isolation and loneliness that are often experienced by undergraduate students by pairing them with a mentor who is willing and dedicated to develop a relationship with undergraduate students and to follow them through their undergraduate career at Boston College.

There are currently over 70 mentors, including faculty members, doctoral students, administrators, and staff, and 160 students enrolled as protégés in the program. By working with students beginning in the first year, mentors assist protégés in building solid foundations that help to ensure the successful achievement of their goals. Mentors provide encouragement and support as students develop habits and attitudes that lead to academic and personal success.

For more information about the Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program, please contact:

Joana Maynard, Senior Assistant Director

Boston College

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

Maloney Hall Suite 455

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Tel: 617-552-3358; Fax: 617-552-4313