Global Redbirds Mentoring Adjustment Program (MAP) is a new program launched by the Office of International Studies and Programs. It mainly focuses on connecting newly-arrived international students with ISU students that have spent at least a full academic year on campus, and it is structured in a way that helps international students facilitate a smooth adjustment into the Illinois State University community. This assimilation can lead to creating new friendships and increasing cultural awareness which is recognized as one of the necessary skills needed for students to succeed post-graduation.
Each semester is going to be slightly different based on the number of international students arriving, which means that the program will run on a semester-by-semester basis organized by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), within the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP). This term we have received over 100 applications from international students interested in having mentors, and we are looking for 20-30 domestic students to take on a group of approximately 3-5 mentees.
The matching process will be based on the field of study, interests, and any specific accommodations that the student may have. Perfect matches in these categories cannot be guaranteed. Mentors and mentees are required to meet 3 times per month for at least an hour/session, with each session being unique as it will have its own ‘theme’ and purpose. The idea behind this program is to be laid back and encourage the sessions to include bike rides, getting coffee, study sessions, campus events, etc. The mentors are required to submit a monthly online form regarding the activities and session of that month.