Black / African Diaspora Alumni Mentoring Program

The Black / African Diaspora Alumni Mentoring Program at Washington and Lee seeks to connect our current students with Washington and Lee alumni across the country. Mentors would provide a wide array of support and guidance as well as strategies for obtaining internships, graduate school admissions and post-graduation career opportunities. This program would not replace the resources available through existing programs and services at the University, but rather create additional ones to ensure student success.

Goals of the Program

  • To provide networking opportunities for Washington and Lee Black / African Diaspora Alumni and current students
  • To enhance the personal, professional and academic development of current students of African descent
  • To establish meaningful connections between Black / African Diaspora Alumni and the University

Requirements for Mentors

  • Must hold a degree (undergrad or law) from Washington and Lee University
  • Must have graduated at least two years prior to participation in the program
  • Submitted official application for the mentoring program
  • Participated in an interview with members of the Division of Student Affairs
  • Agreement that any issues or concerns pertaining to mentees should be immediately reported to the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement, Tamara Futrell, or another Student Affairs Dean

Once accepted into the program, mentors will:

  • Connect with their assigned mentee(s) within two weeks of confirmation.
  • Engage with their mentee a minimum of three times during the term. These interactions can be made via phone, skype, email or when possible, in person. 

Requirements for Mentees

  • Current, full-time undergraduate student at Washington and Lee
  • Submitted official application for the mentoring Program
  • A brief training about the program and expectations

Thank you for your interest in serving as an alumni mentor for the 2023-2024 academic year. To participate in the program for the 2023-2024 academic year, please submit the application at the link below no later than August 31, 2023. Mentor / Mentee matches will be announced in mid-September.

Apply to participate in the Mentoring Program!