As a first-generation college student many (many) years ago, I can relate to Latino college students that often don’t have that “role model” or mentor they can rely on for advice. And while I had many non-Latino mentors during my college years and career, it’s hard to genuinely connect with someone who can’t grasp growing up as a Latino.
So it’s wonderful to see programs like this one at Mercy College, The Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program, which assigns first-generation college students to a mentor:
PACT students are assigned highly trained mentors who provide integrated support for academic, career and personal growth. Together, they create a customized plan designed to guarantee academic excellence.
Innovative. Simple. Effective. Valuable.
(h/t Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine with a great write up on the program)