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Umoja Mentoring Program

The CSM Umoja Community is excited to offer Umoja students a community based mentoring program! Mentor-mentee assignments are generally based on major and/or career aspiration, so this is a great way for students to experience their career field firsthand. This is a yearlong program that requires a great deal of commitment, motivation, and open-mindedness. 

Requirements for students

Our mentors are local business leaders and professionals, so their time and focus is limited and valuable. As such, students must commit to the following:
  1. Meet with your mentor three times during the academic year
  2. Visit your mentor's workplace for one day
  3. Be punctual, professional, and excited
Student Applications

Since we have a limited number of mentors, students must apply to the mentoring program. The Umoja faculty and staff will only select students who are motivated and show the most willingness to take advantage of this unique opportunity. If you are interested in joining this program, please submit the following materials to wallacej@smccd.edu:
  1. A Letter of Interest that explains why you are interested in the Umoja mentoring program and how you will benefit from it
  2. A letter of recommendation from a member of the CSM faculty, staff, or administration
  3. A copy of your unofficial transcripts
Applications for the 2020-21 academic year will be due in October (date TBD).
For Mentors

If you are interested in mentoring one of CSM's Umoja students, please send an email to Umoja Coordinator, Jeramy Wallace (wallacej@smccd.edu). We are looking for mentors from all disciplines and fields, and mentors are only required to meet with their student mentees three times during the academic year and to host their student mentees for one job site visit. And of course, our mentors should be excited to work with community college students and committed to helping them explore their potential career interests. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jeramy Wallace.

Resources

The CSM Umoja Community is excited to offering mentoring opportunities in the following fields:
  • Biotechnology
  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Customer Service
NOTE: If you don't see your major or career goals, we still encourage you to apply. We are willing to go into the community to find mentors for all interested students!