The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) is a student-led program that aims to build social, cultural, and academic communities of support among underrepresented students at UNM. The foundation of PNMGC is our Peer Mentoring Program, which partners students—from across disciplines and levels—based upon their preferences (language, academic interests, gender, cultural/ethnic identities, etc.). All participants attend a mentoring orientation each semester, which provides them with best practices, peer mentoring resources, and tools to develop a plan for meeting and communicating with their mentor or mentee throughout their mentoring experience. PNMGC hosts a variety of events throughout the semester to encourage student engagement, trust building among peer mentors, and a greater sense of community for UNM students. Peer Mentoring partners are eligible for Peer Mentoring Scholarships, awarded at the end of the semester.
Our mentoring philosophy reflects the diversity of our organization and the broad spectrum of students we serve:
PNMGC believes in the power of peer support relationships to help students of all backgrounds succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Through peer mentorship we positively engage students’ identities, strengths, and interests to create leaders on campus, in classrooms, and in the community. PNMGC’s mentoring philosophy borrows from the abundance model of teaching and learning, which asserts that all students have the capability to succeed, and particular stigmatized backgrounds or cultures are not viewed as deficits, but as powerful assets for these students and their academic institutions.
Peer Mentoring Program Requirements:
- Be a registered student at UNM
- Must attend mandatory orientation at the start of semester
- Must attend two mentoring workshops throughout semester
- Must attend one mentoring social dialog / or PNMGC sponsored event
- Must meet regularly with your mentor or mentee
- Must submit Peer Mentoring Evaluation by semester deadline