The Niara Program is a mentoring program designed to help woman 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, provides service learning opportunities, offers leadership experience, and creates 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, and service learning and social activities with other mentor programs for students of color such as the Black Male Scholar Initiative and Laker Familia. Each participant will be paired with a GVSU faculty/staff woman of color who will help 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.
NIARA EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
There are no upcoming NIARA Events and Programs at this time