Student Affairs Mentoring Programs
What are mentoring programs like at NAU?
NAU offers mentoring programs catering to a wide variety of students. The programs provide a guide who offers support and reflection during a time of personal growth and transition. Topics can focus on classroom engagement, campus resources, or community involvement. Mentoring also encourages behaviors that support academic success, self-discovery and personal development. These programs help students gain skills that provide a foundation for success while building supportive relationships with peers and staff.
Who it’s for: First-Generation Arizona residents who meet certain requirements
About the program: First Scholars aims to dramatically increase the graduation rate of students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. The program offers an annual scholarship, one-on-one progressive mentoring, and personal development and enrichment through workshops and service-learning opportunities for the course of four years.
Who it’s for: First-year diversity students seeking a connection to the campus community
About the program: The Office of Inclusion (IMQ) supports and celebrates cultural, gender and sexuality diversity. The Inclusion and Diversity (ID) Scholars program serves students through peer-to-peer mentoring, support, resources, and community building programming.
Who it’s for: First-time NAU online students.
About the program: Jacks Online is a peer mentoring program designed to assist students with their transition to online learning and to help them feel connected to the NAU community. Peer mentors, who are online students themselves, provide individualized support, encouragement, access to resources, and accountability.
Who it’s for: Students who identify as Indigenous (Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian)
About the program: Office of Indigenous Student Success guides Indigenous students to develop skills and strategies for success, and learn about campus resources. OISS provides cultural events and activities, opportunities to connect to Indigenous staff and faculty.
Who it’s for: First-year students
About the program: Peer Jacks assists students in making connections and building community through one-on-one mentoring and on- and off-campus events. The Program provided educational and social opportunities that lead to academic success. Participating in the program enhances students’ first year experience, sense of belonging and transition to the university.
Who it’s for: Students who are first-generation, income-eligible or who have a disability
About the program: SSS offers mentoring, coaching and community building to first-year and other eligible students. Participants receive assistance with tutoring, course selection, financial and economic literacy, FAFSA, and admission to graduate school. SSS Takes a holistic approach when working with participants to support them to the best they can be.
Who it’s for: Students who are transferring to NAU from another college or university
About the program: Transferring from another school can be challenging, and students often face academic, social, and personal adjustments as they acclimate to the NAU community. Through Transfer Jacks mentoring and events, students get involved, and connect with peers and campus resources.
Who it’s for: Students who identify as veterans, transitioning from military life to NAU
About the program: The VSC Vet Jacks program provides a welcoming and supportive environment at NAU. The VSC connects incoming veterans with a peer point of contact for information, support, and help transitioning from the military to the college setting.