ACE Mentor Program Mission Statement
The Bunker Hill Community College ACE Mentor program is committed to helping new students make a successful transition to Bunker Hill Community College by focusing on academic achievement, engagement, and cultural competency. ACE Mentors are integrated into Learning Community classrooms where they serve as resources to help new students adjust to the academic, social and personal environment at BHCC. ACE Mentors collaborate with faculty in designing Learning Community curriculum and assignments and co-facilitate class activities and discussions on difficult issues such as religion, race, class, gender and culture.
What qualities make an effective ACE Mentor?
- An ACE Mentor appreciates the value of learning and working in a diverse environment and treats every member of the college community with dignity and respect.
- An ACE Mentor is committed to fostering a campus environment where difficult issues such as religion, race, class, gender and culture can be discussed openly and honestly.
- An ACE Mentor is able to listen and empathize with the new student experience, and takes the time to get to know new students.
- An ACE Mentor can work cooperatively as part of a group and respects and values multiple points of view, different backgrounds, and diverse cultures.
- An ACE Mentor is knowledgeable about BHCC programs and services and is able to connect new students with appropriate campus resources.
- An ACE Mentor is making progress toward achieving her or his own academic goals and is in good academic standing.
- An ACE Mentor is reliable and responsible and is able to positively represent the College and Learning Community programs.
What is the role of an ACE Mentor?
- To assist new students who are enrolled in BHCC’s Learning Communities to make a successful transition to college.
- To collaborate with Seminar faculty in designing Learning Community curriculum and assignments, and co-facilitating class activities and discussions that promote community building and student success.
- To work with faculty and/or Success Coaches to establish and maintain contact with first year students.
- To serve as an information resource, respond to questions and concerns, and to provide referrals to appropriate college offices and personnel.
- To represent the college as well as its program and services to new students professionally and respectfully.
- To assist in the promotion of Learning Communities to students during the advising and registration process.
- To assist in the promotion, recruitment, and training of new ACE Mentors.
- To advocate for the holistic well-being of students.
What training and benefits do ACE Mentors receive?
- ACE Mentors participate in a two-day Orientation before the semester begins in August and January. The Orientation sessions focus on mentoring to empower, facilitating difficult dialogues in the Learning Community classroom, developing strategies for effective mentoring and leadership, case study analysis, and reflection about the challenges facing first year students.
- All ACE Mentors take place in bi-monthly trainings throughout the semester. Topics vary, but include discussions involving identity exploration, cultural competency, leadership development, student development, and teambuilding. ACE Mentor reflection is included in these trainings, and monthly Senior ACE Mentor facilitated trainings provide additional support for peer learning.
- ACE Mentors attend meetings with designated Senior ACE Mentors to discuss progress, identify issues, problem solve and evaluate.
- ACE Mentors are compensated $12.00/hour for up to 16 hours per week.
- ACE Mentors often find that assisting students in their transition to college enriches their own experience as a BHCC student and promotes their own success in meeting academic, personal, and career goals.
What is the application process for becoming a Learning Community ACE Mentor?
To become a Learning Community ACE Mentor:
- Submit a one-two page essay
- Submit two faculty or staff recommendations
- Participate in a peer led interview
- Successfully passed a Learning Community Seminar or Cluster by Spring 2019
- Will have completed two semesters by the end of Spring 2019
- Enrolled in at least two courses for the Fall 2019 semester
- Application will be available starting March 11, 2019. If selected, interviews will take place during April 2019.
- All hired ACE Mentors are expected to attend 2 day mandatory training the week before the start of Fall 2019 semester.