As a participant in the First Scholars program, you will be matched with a faculty and/or staff mentor who will provide you with guidance and support for the entirety of your time at Westminster University. Mentors meet with their mentees at least 2 times a semester, but your unique relationship with them extends far beyond that. All aspects of the First Scholars program are geared towards helping you develop and strengthen a personal connection with your mentor and Westminster, developing a strong sense of place within the campus community and the program.
The Mentor-Mentee Relationship
Each mentor has been handpicked for the program due to their dedication to student achievement. Some were even first-generation students themselves. You will be matched with your mentor based upon what is most important to you, such as shared career interests, shared identities, personality matches, and more. Every mentor has no more than 4 mentees, allowing the First Scholars program to support as many students as possible while ensuring a quality relationship and ample time with your mentor.
Your mentor will help you to define your career goals and track your academic progress towards them. Some mentors and students have also completed research and presented together at academic conferences. However, your relationship and Westminster experience are not limited to just your success in the classroom, they extend into the campus community and the world beyond it. Some of the other activities students have participated in with their mentors include career-oriented and outdoor leadership events, galas, and meeting for off-campus special events.
Meet the Mentors
Eileen Chanza Torres
Christy Clay, Ph.D
John Contreras, II
Director, Career Center
Han Kim, Ph.D
Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion
Director of Admissions
Valentina Rojas Gutierrez
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Assistant Dean of Students, Student Wellbeing & Support
Hal Snarr, Ph.D
Tamara Stevenson, Ed.D.
Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and C.D.O
Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Experiential Learn
Director of Outdoor Programs
Hpw - Adjunct
Kim Zarkin, Ph.D