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Interested in working for the Retention through Academic Mentoring Program?

The Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP) began as a program serving new, first-year, freshman students. Beginning in Fall 2020, RAMP evolved its service to include second year and beyond students through additional programming and staffing. As a result, RAMP is responsible for the administration of First Year-RAMP (FY-RAMP) and now, Major Based Peer Mentoring-RAMP (MBPM-RAMP). The RAMP Director serves both programs, each of which is managed by respective Coordinators (FY-RAMP Coordinator and MBPM-RAMP Coordinator).

 

First-Year RAMP (FY-RAMP) Mentors:

FY-RAMP 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, particularly those who are who are the first in their family, or one of the first (also known as "first-generation"). Through extensive support and mentor education, mentors acquire/refine skills and capacity necessary to manage a caseload of approximately 25-30 students. FY-RAMP Mentors assist these students in transitioning to college, are supportive, approachable, and act as positive “real” models for the entire academic year, ultimately enriching the college experience. FY-RAMP Mentors are also expected to contribute to the community of mentors established through working together and with the FY-RAMP staff. 

FY-RAMP Mentors are paid $14.00/hr (as of Jan 1, 2021) and work up to 10 hours per week. Upon successful completion of Spring 2021 Mentor Education (which is paid time - up to 18 hours!), mentors are assigned a caseload of 2021-2022 first-time freshmen with whom the mentors work and support during the first-year transition to HSU. Mentors are actively supported and guided by the FY-RAMP professional staff (RAMP Director and FY-RAMP Coordinator), as well as FY-RAMP 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 2021-2022 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 FY-RAMP mission statement.

Preferred Qualifications: FY-RAMP seeks to employ students with strong leadership skills, who are dependable, able to work independently, and working towards maintaining 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 pre-application period for the 2021-2020 academic year is now open! Please complete the pre-application:

First-Year RAMP (FY-RAMP) Pre-Application for 2021-2022 Academic Year

 

Major Based Peer Mentoring-RAMP (MBPM-RAMP):

MBPM-RAMP Mentors serve second year, third year, and new transfer students. MBPM-RAMP Mentors help connect students with their academic department and support the development of an academic identity and sense of belonging within a particular major. They achieve this by working closely with the chair or other representative of their department in collaboration with staff from MBPM-RAMP.  MBPM-RAMP Mentors are also expected to contribute to the community of mentors established through working together and with the MBPM-RAMP staff.

MBPM-RAMP Mentors foster diverse and inclusive academic communities. Mentors will engage in outreach to peers in their major and serve as bridges from student peers to university resources and the department such as faculty members, staff, tutors, career advisers. While mentor activities will vary to some degree between major programs, the MBPM-RAMP is guided by a curriculum which is based on the needs of primarily sophomore, junior and new transfer students. Examples of items included in this curriculum are conducting effective outreach and support of new transfer students, planning and/or accompanying students to department events, helping students develop strategies for connecting with faculty, etc. In addition, delivering the curriculum will result in pre-registration conversations such as consulting on academic plans and helping frame questions students want to ask faculty, holding walk-in office hours and collaborating with the department chair or representative to support the unique curricular needs of a given major (for example, planning and applying for capstone internships, study abroad, and senior thesis proposals). In addition to the support offered by the chair or department representative, mentors are actively supported and guided by the MBPM-RAMP professional staff (RAMP Director and MBPM-RAMP Coordinator), as well as a Senior Lead Mentor who has previous mentoring experience. 

Minimum Qualifications: Currently enrolled full-time HSU undergraduate and in good academic standing. By May 31, 2021, applicants must have earned at least 12 units at HSU in the major for which you are applying to mentor. Good academic standing at the time of application and during employment.

Preferred Qualifications: MBPM-RAMP seeks to employ students with strong, inclusive leadership skills, who are dependable, able to work independently, available to mentor for the entire academic year, and are working towards maintaining a minimum semester & cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Students who can apply their own lived experiences and working knowledge in helping students demonstrate an understanding of university policies and the resources that HSU has to offer, who are interested in working closely with faculty in their department, and who possess strong communication as well as time management skills, are strongly encouraged to apply. First-year transfer students or continuing undergraduate students going into their third year or beyond are preferred for these positions. Please note: Students who will be starting their second year at HSU are encouraged to apply for FY-RAMP rather than MBPM-RAMP.

The pre-application period for the 2021-2020 academic year is now open! Please complete the pre-application:

Major Based Peer Mentoring RAMP (MBPM-RAMP) Pre-Application for 2021-2022 Academic Year

 

If you have any questions contact RAMP at hsu-ramp@humboldt.edu.

Report an Issue

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 hsu-ramp@humboldt.edu. 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 (RAMP)
Nelson Hall East (NHE) 212
(707) 826-4585
hsu-ramp@humboldt.edu

Tracy Smith
RAMP Director
(707) 826-5251
 
Samantha (Sammi) Martinez
RAMP Coordinator
(707) 826-4585