Programs & Services

Mentor Advocate Partnership

A volunteer program designed to complement the current advisor system by helping first-year students to build relationships with staff and faculty; to monitor their academic performance and personal well-being; to offer encouragement; and to provide a proactive support network.

With the acknowledgement that strong relationships throughout the college experience play an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction, MIT’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) fosters a student’s holistic development along both academic and non-academic lines. Created by the OME, MAP facilitates a trusting partnership between a student and a staff or faculty member that has the potential to continue throughout the undergraduate years.

Designed to complement the Institute’s current advisor system, MAP mentors help students build relationships with staff and faculty; monitor their academic performance and personal well-being ; offer encouragement; and provide a proactive support network.
 
Studies show that students with mentors:
  • Positively adjust to college
  • Are more likely to graduate
  • Have a greater overall satisfaction with their college experience
  • Increase their self-efficacy and perceived confidence in their ability
  • Fare better on other key measures of college success than students who lack mentoring connections

The Program

During the freshmen year, protégés attend a kick-off event to become orientated with MAP, meet the potential mentors for the first time, and learn how to make the most of the mentoring relationship. Mentors and protégés attend two to three MAP events and meet informally at least three times per semester. Together, they create goals for the relationship and create a schedule of when to meet and how to best communicate. Protégés also engage in a number of assessments to guide them in a discussion of potential majors and careers. MAP program staff check-in with the protégés and mentors throughout the academic year to monitor and support the relationship.