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Faculty Student Mentor Program

The Faculty Student Mentor Program (FSMP) is one of several educational equity programs designed to provide students with the academic support and encouragement needed to accomplish their educational goals. In collaboration with teams of faculty and peer mentors from the respective Colleges, the program is designed to offer academic, career, and personal support to students from traditionally low-income communities who identified as first generation and/or as a student of color.

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Contact Information

Dr. Chao Vang
Director, Educational Equity Access & Equity Strategist
California State University, Sacramento


The Faculty Student Mentor Program will encourage faculty–staff student interaction and connection outside of the classroom through mentoring and activities that engage and bring greater equity to students' educational journeys. Our motto is: Mentoring Equity Across Campus.


  • Maintain or increase students’ persistence and retention rates compared to prior year.
  • Provide social and academic high-impact interventions and support for students to increase their social networks on campus.
  • Assist students in integrating into campus life and assist their development as scholars in their academic major.


  • 90% of students are in good standing and enrolled in the following semester and/or year.
  • 90% of students had at least one interaction with a faculty/staff mentor.
  • 75% of students participated in at least one sponsored activity.


  • Providing students the opportunity to meet new and continuing students with similar academic, cultural, and social interests.
  • Providing students the opportunity to have a collaborative relationship with a faculty and staff mentor within the discipline of choice.
  • Providing support for academic pursuits, personal development and practical career guidance to facilitate participation in rigorous academic endeavors and activities.
  • Supporting participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, creative activities and community-based service initiatives across colleges and disciplines;
  • Increasing academic confidence with assistance to improve academic skills such as writing, note-taking, time management, and stress management skills.
  • Getting faculty and staff expert advice on portfolio and professional work samples.
  • Encouraging mentoring, coaching, and other nurturing interactions among faculty mentors and students.
  • Receiving assistance with course selections, majors and referrals to major advisors.
  • Receiving assistance with test preparation (TEAS, CBEST, CSET, WPJ); and
  • Offering active student academic support for these efforts through workshops and undergraduate courses and seminars.
  • Our centers, peer mentoring provides an opportunity to build relationships with students, creating a sense of community and belonging.

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