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African American Student Initiatives (AASI) NKU ROCKS Mentor Program was developed to assist African American first-year students in their transition to college; easing their academic and social adjustment to Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  NKU ROCKS Mentors will work with, and on behalf of, the department to provide intentional peer guidance, counsel and support, as well as assist with departmental programs, services and activities during the academic year and summer (both required) designed to:


  • Provide a caring and supportive environment that fosters the intellectual, personal, professional and cultural development of African American students entering NKU
  • Facilitate relationship and community building
  • Inform students of campus organizations, resources, and services and make referrals as appropriate
  • Increase retention and persistence to graduation


NKU ROCKS Mentors will be paired with incoming students for a period of no less than one year and will serve as a resource to help orient them to the university, while also promoting their holistic development and well being. Departmental responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a positive role model for entering first-year and transfer students and provide academic and personal peer guidance and support
  • Meet with assigned students at least 10 hours per month, and prepare/submit mentee contact summaries
  • Attend group meetings and activities for all mentors and mentees
  • Register for one credit hour leadership class (LDR 396) Spring Semester 2022
  • Attend mentor training sessions prior to NKU ROCKS Summer experience
  • Assist with academic support services and cultural programming coordinated by AASI to include academic success seminars, study roundtables, groups and/or help sessions, guest lecturer/speaker series
  • Maintain confidentiality of information and records
  • Keep AASI staff informed of issues that signal “warnings/red flags”  indicating the mentee is having difficulty, and make as appropriate/necessary


*Mentors chosen as “Lead Mentors” will be expected to work between 10-15 hours in African American Student Initiatives. All other program mentors will be expected to come into AASI to hold designated “office hour(s)” at least one hour per week. Lead Mentors will be required to fill out an additional application on the Human Resources website.


Students interested in becoming an NKU ROCKS Mentor MUST meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled as a full time student at NKU
  • Completed at least 30 credit hours
  • Possess a 2.7 Overall GPA or above (and maintain a min. 2.5 semester, 2.7 overall GPA if selected. Failure to do so may result in being placed on Academic Probation with AASI and/or revocation of mentor position and incentives)
  • No record of any serious disciplinary or criminal action or activity (evaluation of individual cases and eligibility determination made by the Associate Dean/Director of African American Student Initiatives.


For full consideration interested students must submit a completed application by deadline.