Club Spotlight: BIPOC Peer Mentoring Center

Student organization: BIPOC Peer Mentoring Center

Instagram- @drewbipocmentoring

What year was your student organization founded?

2020

What is the mission of your student organization? Why should students join your organization?

This program was created to enrich the experience of new students of Color at Drew by current students of Color. As students of Color, we believe that it is important to create this initiative for representation of BIPOC students at a historically white institution. This program is dedicated to fostering community amongst peers through mentorship where students will be supported academically and socially. We aim to create a safe space for BIPOC students and honor those students by hosting events that empower and amplify their voices. This space creates an inclusive and intersectional platform, that highlights the importance of their experiences and inspires them to become leaders in their communities. We strive to serve the Drew community by providing support and establishing unity for underrepresented students in present-day academia.

What are some traditional events your organization hosts? Why do you enjoy them?

We intend to host events with all the mentors and mentees in order to create a community of support and friendship with BIPOC students. We have not had a the chance to execute this on a remote setting as we would have liked to in person, but plan to eventually host events similar to the Holiday Ball, or even retreat style games and activities for all members of the mentorship program.

How does your student organization support its member and the greater Drew Community?

Through peer mentorship, we aim to give students of color the support systems they need to transition into a four year college. By using our social media platforms to spotlight students and to shed light onto BIPOC issues, it teaches non-BIPOC students how to utilize their privileges to serve as better allies of BIPOC communities.

What Launch Community (Identity/Affinity or Career) does your student organization align with most? Why?

– Ethnic and Racial Heritage. The Program is centered towards supporting minoritized students at a historically white institution.

What is the best way that students can learn more about your organization or join?

By emailing us @drewbipocmentoring and following our Instagram page.

What else would you like us to share about your student organization?

The Executive Board are all Students of Color, and every event we plan to host is to bring attention to BIPOC issues and create safe spaces for BIPOC students.

-Gabriella Ramirez

Posted by Hannah Faustmann
Hannah Faustmann Assistant Director, Center for Global Education Hannah Faustmann