EMPIRE Mentoring Program

Are you interested in academic success, cultural awareness, personal development and campus involvement?  If your answer is "yes," the EMPIRE mentoring program may be exactly what you need.

What is EMPIRE?

EMPIRE is a peer mentoring program targeted towards African American and Hispanic students.  EMPIRE is designed to aid in the retention of minority students at UAH by: 

  • Providing mentoring for first-year students of color through strategic and consistent contact
  • Providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for students with an emphasis on students of color
  • Serving as a referral agent for academic support services available at UAH that contribute to improved student success
  • Sponsoring and encouraging attendance at programs in which mentors and mentees actively interact and participate  

What is a mentee?

A mentee is a student who volunteers to be assigned to a UAH minority student mentor. She/he will ask for guidance when academic questions or other challenges arise.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who provides students with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Mentors are good listeners, people who care and want to help others.

How does EMPIRE work?

The EMPIRE Minority Mentoring program is designed to ENHANCE the student college experience.  By becoming a part of EMPIRE, we will strive to make your transition to UAH a smooth one.  The EMPIRE Mentoring Program compliments the overall collegiate experience by working with students to ensure campus resources are utilized, academics remain the #1 priority, and students make social connections that aid in personal and professional growth.  Through EMPIRE, students will work one-on-one with an upperclassmen mentor as well as participate in small and large group discussions and activities.

What are the program's benefits?

Participating in EMPIRE provides students with:

  • Immediate connection with a Upperclassmen, trained as a mentor
  • Specifically designed workshops, social opportunities, added support network, and a great start to your college career
  • An immediate connection with a UAH student and trained mentor who can offer a full picture of campus life and and answer questions
  • Interactions with faculty, staff, alumni and mentors who can provide insight about UAH.
  • Friendly advice in a supportive environment.
  • Informal one-on-one and group guidance.
  • Fun activities, programs and events that touch on broad aspects of campus life.
  • Opportunities to connect with other first-year students who share similar academic and extra- curricular interests 
  • Knowledge about campus and community resources and activities 

Is there a cost to participate?

No, your participation in EMPIRE is free.

What type of commitment is required of mentees?

The rewards of participating in EMPIRE far outweigh the commitments of the program.  Required from all participants is attendance at scheduled workshops and group activities, a positive attitude, and a desire to be successful at UAH. 

How do you join EMPIRE?

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Minority Services or make the request here. 

How does mentoring work?

Upperclassmen are selected each year to serve as mentors to first year students. Peer mentors provide assistance and guidance to new students in the following ways: 

  • Personal meetings and telephone calls several times each month

  • Challenging new students to be more academically competitive and to become involved in activities and organizations on campus

  • Acquainting new students with resources and services available on campus

  • Assisting new students in understanding the structure and systems of the University

  • Inviting new students to attend cultural, developmental and educational programs 

The Research

Latest research indicates mentorship:

  • increases academic success
  • increases student self-esteem
  • increases professional success
  • increases positive, social interactions amongst peers