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Always Reaching Upward (ARU) Mentor

Position Description
ARU Mentors are experienced college students that demonstrate exemplary leadership and passion to help others succeed. They serve as role models and as a positive resource for mentees (incoming students). They communicate regularly with their mentees to help them achieve their goals and to create a home for them at UW-Parkside. They engage in leadership and professional development activities and plan programming for mentees. 
Supervision Received
Reports to the Multicultural Initiatives Specialist in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs 
  • $12.00 per hour 
  • Hours per week: Approximately 5-7 hours per week 
High Impact Practice (HIP) Statement 
By incorporating classroom learning into hands-on work experiences as well as providing 
supervision and coaching, students gain the necessary tools to grow and contribute as professionals. 
Position Tasks and Corresponding NACE Career Readiness Competencies 
1. Critical Thinking 
a. Problem solve and refer students to campus resources, services, student organizations, etc. as needed. 
b. Opportunity to create educational or social programs with a special topic focus. 
c. Practice challenge and support in conversations with mentees to foster student growth. 
2. Communications 
a. Apply strong interpersonal and customer service skills when interacting with mentee(s), students,  
faculty, staff, public and fellow mentors. 
b. Communicate weekly with assigned mentee(s) with calls, texts, video chats, social media, etc. Meeting a minimum of 6 times per semester. 
c. Communicate regularly with ARU Mentoring Program staff on the progress of coaching relationships. 
d. Submit written event reflections for the leadership or professional development requirement (where 
e. Facilitate events and presentations for program planning. (where applicable). 
f. Host 1 study table event per academic year (can be in groups of 2 or 3 mentors). 
g. Generate ideas and create content for social media posts and contribute to the OMSA Weekly. 
3. Teamwork  
a. Collaborate with ARU staff and fellow mentees to create and execute programs. 
b. Collaborate with ARU staff and fellow mentees to learn best practices and resources for mentoring relationships. 
c. Work with fellow student staff to maintain OMSA’s office and Intercultural Commons 
4. Leadership 
a. Attend OMSA and ARU-sponsored programs with mentee(s) 
b. Co-create and submit a minimum of 3 goals for the mentee(s) per semester. 
c. Participate in at least 1 Leadership or Professional Development event/workshop per semester for the leadership or professional development requirement. 
d. Demonstrate responsibility following opening/closing procedures with respect to the OMSA Office. 
5. Technology 
a. Utilize Microsoft Office Suite for work projects. 
b. Use staff email and Outlook calendar. 
c. Utilize web conferencing programs for meetings and events. (Ex: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.) 
d. Utilize the available online mentoring technologies to communicate with mentee(s), check in on goals, find resources, etc. 
6. Professionalism 
a. Attend all weekly ARU staff meetings, training, and other related OMSA/ARU meetings. 
b. Complete all weekly summaries and clock all work hours on the UW System Portal. 
c. Present professional presence throughout campus as an employee of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs 
d. Provide office support including greeting visitors, answering office phones, and other administrative duties in OMSA.   
e. Maintain confidentiality and discretion surrounding student information and privacy. 
f. Perform other duties as assigned. 
7. Career and Self-Development 
a. Attend monthly one-on-one meetings with Multicultural Initiatives Specialist throughout the 
academic year to develop and assess plans for personal and professional goals. 
b. Manage your time and day-to-day responsibilities with limited supervision. 
c. Complete a yearly performance evaluation with supervisor. 
8. Equity and Inclusion 
a. Contribute to mentor training surrounding issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. 
b. Respectfully interact with a diverse community of faculty, staff, co-workers, and students of all cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. 
Required Qualifications: 
  • Must have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belief in student success. 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing with the university. 
  • Must be flexible with the availability of schedule. 
  • Must make a full academic year commitment as a mentor.