The Office of Multicultural Programs provides quality programs and events that are designed to enhance the collegiate experience of students and educate the campus community. All of our programs assist with the retention of a diverse student body and promote diversity awareness and outreach to the campus community.
The Jump Start program at Slippery Rock University has proven to be an effective tool in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. The program is designed to serve as a transition program with its primary goal in assisting students with the acclimation of college life on campus, both academically and socially. New, entering, first-year students are provided one-to-one and group mentoring, cultural, academic, and leadership competency development, academic advisement, and study skills strengthening and support.
Jump Start Mentors
Building on the Jump Start program, Mentors continue to provide one-to-one and group mentoring to entering, first-year students for the first two semesters of the entire academic year. The purpose of the mentoring program is two-fold. One – peer mentors will impact first-year students positively, serving as role models, offering suggestions, providing support and encouragement, promoting self-responsibility and self-direction. Two – peer mentors, themselves, gain an invaluable learning experience, as they are provided opportunities for engaging in meaningful work, gaining important leadership skills, learning to take responsibility, and increasing contact with staff, faculty and administration, while improving their sense of self-worth.
Click here for the Jump Start Mentor application.
Workshops and Presentations
These are conducted with the goal of promoting the development of a mature understanding of multiculturalism. Staff, graduate assistants and diversity trained peer leaders sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Development are available to provide interactive workshops for FYRST Seminars, campus departments, and student organizations. Some of the workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your requested date at 724-738-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Leadership Development Opportunities
Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Slippery Rock University,
National College Student Leadership
Robert D. Lynch Student Leadership Development Institute, PA Black Conference on Higher Education, Altoona, PA