Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center

Ujima Mentoring Community Faculty and Staff Mentors

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Program History

The Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center’s Ujima Mentoring Program was created to strengthen the academic, social, and cultural experiences of first-year Black students and to help them adjust to campus life.  Ujima, based on the Kwanzaa principle of collective work and responsibility, involves the entire community in the creation and appreciation of the academic success of our students.

In this unique mentoring/work initiative, new students who are eligible for work study will be paired with a faculty or staff member who will not only serve as their mentor, but also as their work study supervisor. They will be expected to meet at least monthly throughout the year. Workshops, speakers, volunteer opportunities, and other activities will be offered periodically to improve the academic success and retention rates of new students.

Program Goals

  • Enhance retention among first-year Black students
  • Provide resources and support during the transition to the college environment
  • Offer steady employment
  • Inspire the development of friendships and community
  • Encourage student involvement in campus and community events
  • Offer an opportunity to connect with a faculty or staff member.

Bolinga Center Responsibilities

  • Provide funding to pay for the Ujima students’ work study wages. The student will be working (8 – 10 hours per week) at no cost to your office/department.
  • Identify mentees who meet the qualifications of our program and match them with a suitable mentor.
  • Provide ongoing study tables and educational workshops. These sessions will be open to the mentor as well.
  • Provide support to foster a strong relationship between the mentor and mentee.

Faculty/Staff Mentor Description

The responsibility of a faculty/staff mentor is to assist the Bolinga Center in its continuous efforts to administer a comprehensive program that will positively impact Black first-year students who matriculate at Wright State University. The faculty/staff mentor will fulfill tasks which will support the Bolinga Center in its endeavors to foster the educational, career, financial, moral, personal, social, and spiritual development of multicultural students.

The Ujima Program will provide a unique opportunity for you to serve as both a mentor and work study supervisor. Your assigned student will be required to work in your office/department 8 – 10 hours per week. All of the participants must be enrolled in the work study program.

Faculty/Staff Mentor Responsibilities

  • Commit to serve as a mentor for one academic calendar year.
  • Communicate with your mentee on a consistent basis.
  • Be persistent in establishing a relationship with your mentee.
  • Engage students for 8 – 1o hours a week through a work study position.*
  • Attend a brief orientation meeting with the Program Coordinator.
  • Complete monthly online progress reports.
  • Maintain confidentiality whenever appropriate.
  • Inform the coordinator of concerns impeding the development of the relationship and/or success of the student.

A Good Mentor

  • Is accessible
  • Engages students in conversation
  • Listens
  • Educates
  • Provides constructive and supportive feedback
  • Provides encouragement
  • Fosters networks and multiple mentors
  • Looks out for students’ interests
  • Thinks about students’ mentoring needs
  • Treats students with respect

Mentor Benefits

  • Make a positive impact on an individual’s life.
  • Show new students that they are valued members of the university community.
  • Make new students aware of campus resources.
  • Help new students avoid common academic, social and personal pitfalls.
  • Develop a true sense of giving back to the community.

If you are interested in helping a first-year student thrive here at Wright State, please complete the Mentor Information Form at

Questions can be directed to Yemi Mahoney at (937) 775-5601 or