"One with High Purpose"
The Niara Program is a mentoring program to help women students of color connect and build meaningful relationships with professional staff and faculty of color in order to strengthen connections to the campus community, the community at large, and to enhance their college experience.
Niara acknowledges and celebrates multiple identities, engages participants through skill building workshops focusing on achievement of personal and professional goals, provide service learning opportunities, offer leadership experience, and create an open space for encouraging personal growth through dialogue and support.
Our once a month meetings include topics such as career guidance, networking, leadership development, racial and gender expectations and goal setting, service learning and social activities with other mentor programs for students of color such as Black Male Scholar Initiative and Laker Familia. Each participant will be paired with a GVSU faculty/staff women of color and create an individual plan to meet the student's needs. There is also the opportunity to engage in leadership opportunities, social and wellness activities, and lunch time discussions.
Mission: The purpose of the NIARA Mentoring Program is to help women students of color connect and build meaningful relationships with professional women of color in order to strengthen connections on the campus community, the community at large, and to enhance their college experience.
Vision: The program is designed to increase the satisfaction and retention of these women. Niara’s vision is to create opportunities for all women students of color to excel academically, socially and culturally.