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Interested in working for the Retention through Academic Mentoring Program?

RAMP Academic Mentors are part-time student staff members that are responsible for fostering an environment of peer academic support and encouragement for new first-year students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Through extensive support and mentor education, Academic Mentors acquire/refine skills and capacity necessary to manage a caseload of approximately 25-30 students. Academic Mentors assist these students in transitioning to college. Academic Mentors are supportive, approachable, and act as positive “real” models throughout the academic year, ultimately enriching the college experience for first-year students, particularly those who are first generation. Within the population of first generation students there are several additional populations of students R.A.M.P. serves.

RAMP Academic Mentors are paid $13.00/hr (as of Jan 1, 2020) and work up to 10 hours per week. Upon successful completion of Spring 2020 Mentor Education (which is paid time - up to 18 hours!), mentors are assigned a caseload of 2020-2021 first-time freshmen who are the first in their family, or one of the first (also known as "first-generation") with whom the mentors work and support during the first-year transition to HSU. Mentors are actively supported and guided by the RAMP Director and RAMP Coordinator, as well as RAMP Academic Lead Mentors who worked as mentors the previous year.

Minimum Qualifications: At the time of application, applicants must be currently enrolled full-time at HSU as undergraduate students, and have earned at least 12 units at HSU. Applicants must be able to commit to the full 2020-2021 academic year and be able to attend all mentor education sessions. Academic Mentors must possess: 1) a sincere commitment to serve as an honest, humble, and “real model” for students new to the college experience and 2) a commitment to uphold the R.A.M.P. mission statement.

Preferred Qualifications: R.A.M.P. seeks to employ students with strong leadership skills, who are dependable, able to work independently, and possess a minimum semester & cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and/or are in good academic standing at the time of application. Students who can apply their own lived experiences to helping new students demonstrate a basic understanding of university policies and the resources that HSU has to offer, and who possess strong communication and time management skills, are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate students, first-year transfer students or second year and above students are preferred for these positions


The application period for the 2020-2021 academic year is now closed.

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As a commitment to your academic success, we want to offer you the best possible experience with your mentor. If an issue arises between you and your mentor, we are happy to offer you solutions. We want to know about any and every problem so that we can continually provide you with excellent service and support. It is important that you contact us in a timely manner so that we can resolve issues quickly.

To report an issue, email Please use the word “challenge” as the subject line so that we can prioritize your email and get back to you quickly. Make sure to detail your issue clearly and include a contact number where we can reach you.

Questions? Contact us!

Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (R.A.M.P.)
Nelson Hall East (NHE) 212
(707) 826-4585

Tracy Smith
R.A.M.P. Director
(707) 826-5251
Samantha (Sammi) Martinez
R.A.M.P. Coordinator
(707) 826-4585