Global Redbirds Mentorship Adjustment Program (MAP) is a new program launched by International Student and Scholar Services. It focuses on connecting newly-arrived international students with domestic 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.
The program runs on a semester-by-semester basis and each semester is different based on the number of international students arriving. Generally, we are looking for 20-30 mentors to work with 1-3 mentees.
The matching process is based as much as possible on 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 program is informal and we 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.