International Student Mentor Program

International Student Mentorship Program

School of Graduate Studies and Research & Office of International Education and Development (OIED)

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

What is the International Student Mentorship Program?

Using an intercultural leadership development approach, this program seeks to provide a welcoming environment and supportive foundation to assist degree-seeking international students in a successful personal and academic transition into their first year at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Mission

The Mission of the International Student Mentorship Program supports newly enrolled or admitted international students at FAMU, in Tallahassee, FL. In this dynamic program, mentors and mentees spend time together in virtual or in-person meetings, group gatherings, and social activities around the city. Involvement in the program offers a fun way for participants to develop leadership skills and foster community among international students at FAMU.

About the Mentorship Program

All participants are encouraged to commit to five (5) meetings and workshops during the academic year. See schedule below: 

International Student Mentorship Program
Meetings and Workshops
Fall 2021 

Items 

Date 

Type 

Session 

Presenters 

Initial meeting  

Write to Heal  

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 

Mandatory 

Zoom Meeting 

 

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Dr. Reginald Ellis 

Ms. Cynthia Portalatin 

Workshop  

Living in the US 

Tuesday, September 21 ,2021 

Mandatory 

Zoom Meeting 

Ms. Sascha Benedict 

Dr. Kristine Fleming 

First Friday October  

Friday,  October 1, 2021 

Optional 

Face to face activity 

International Education and Development Office 

Outdoor activity with Rec Center (fishing) 

TBC in October 

Optional 

Face to face activity  

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Mr. George “Chip” Heimbach 

Cinehassee 2021:  

Movie  

TBC in October 

Optional 

Register in advance to watch the movie 

Please fill out this form to register: TBC

More information about the festival: TBC

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Mr. Luis Porto Hernandez 

Fill out the survey  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 

Mandatory 

Share your testimonial, including a picture(s), and a short video (min. 30 secs) of your experience as a Rattler and as a Mentorship / Mentee at paula.gomez@famu.edu 

Ms. Paula Gomez 

International Education Week (Cooking Day) 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 

Mandatory 

Face to face activity or Zoom session 

International Education and Development Office 

*NOTE: the agenda may be subject to change

International Student Mentorship Program
Meetings and Workshops
Spring 2022

Items 

Date 

Type 

Session 

Presenters 

Welcome back Stress Management 

Tuesday,  January  

Mandatory 

Zoom Meeting 

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Ms. Antonia Brown 

Workshop with the Career Center  

Tuesday, February  

Mandatory 

Zoom Meeting 

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Ms. Marie Smallwood 

Outdoor activity with Rec Center (sport) 

Tuesday, March  

Optional 

Face to face activity 

International Education and Development Office 

International Food and Cultural Awareness Festival 

Tuesday, April  

Optional 

Face to face activity 

Student Health Center  

OIED  

Final Meeting 

Tuesday, April  

Mandatory 

Zoom Meeting 

Ms. Paula Gomez  

Dr. Reginald Ellis 

Dr. Hyndman 


*NOTE: the agenda may be subject to change

In addition to the virtual meetings and workshops, mentors and mentees are also expected to meet or interact virtually at least once a month on their own. Students choose to meet either on or off-campus to grab a coffee, share a meal, or even social activity, keeping in mind the social distancing guidelines.

Become a Mentor

How does the International Mentorship Program Work?

Applicants must apply and be selected yearly and are eligible to serve a maximum of two years.

Applicants to become mentors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a current F-1 degree-seeking international student at Florida A&M University with a minimum of one academic year experience at FAMU or at least have study abroad experience.
  • Have a 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average (without being rounded) at the time of application and throughout your duration as an International Mentor.
  • Be positive, enthusiastic, supportive, and capable of learning about and engaging different topics/issues on many levels.
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, August 27, 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications for the Academic Year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) are now OPEN.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

An international student mentor must commit to supporting their mentees throughout the first year in achieving a successful personal and academic adjustment to college life. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Assist your incoming Mentees as they adjust to life at FAMU and in Tallahassee, FL (e.g. offering advice on cultural adjustment, academics, campus resources, and the wider city). 
  • Attend and assist with Fall and Spring International Student Orientation Sessions.
  • Serve as student ambassadors for the School of Graduate Studies and Research during the following events:
  • Attend all five (5) meetings, and workshops during the semester. 
  • New Graduate Student Orientation (Fall and Spring)
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • During the Dean’s Fireside Chat Sessions
  • Facilitate and coordinate meetings with your mentees at least once a month.
  • Keeping in touch with one’s mentees on a weekly basis either via phone, email, or social media.
  • Meet with a designated program coordinator at least once during the semester to check-in.
  • Participating in the social activities organized by the International Education Office.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continue one’s own intercultural competence development and improving mentoring skills.
  • Becoming more knowledgeable about Florida A&M University.
  • Explaining how systems, policies, and procedures work at the University.
  • Introducing mentees to resources on campus that will support their needs.
  • Engaging in frequent reflection about assistance outcomes with one’s mentees.
  • Submit the International Student Mentor Program Evaluation at the end of the semester.
  • Attend the FAMU International Education Week in September 2021.

What will Students gain from being an International Mentor?

  • A letter of accommodation and certificate from the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Education and the Director of the Office of International Education and Development.
  • The opportunity to engage with Faculty, and Staff.
  • Satisfaction from assisting with the personal and academic adjustment of other international students.
  • Intercultural leadership development.
  • Enhanced networking abilities and communication skills.

Become a Mentee


As a Mentee, you are responsible for:

  • Committing to meeting with your mentor at least once a month.
  • Attending all monthly big-group meetings.
  • Maintaining regular contact with your mentor.

Are you interested in becoming a Mentee?

Please send an email BEFORE the deadline Friday, August 21, 2021 to:

Ms. Paula Sofia Gomez, M.B.A.

International Admissions Coordinator
Office of International Education and Development
E: paula.gomez@famu.edu
P: 1 850-599-3562

Dr. Reginald K. Ellis

Assistant Dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Research & Associate Professor of History and African American Studies
E: reginald.ellis@famu.edu
P: 850-561-2849