The Impact of The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows MentorshipRelationship Public

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  • Mentoring can have a great impact on students during their higher education career. This influential role of mentors can be found valuable for a wide variety of populations, and has specifically monumental influences for underrepresented students. The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) aims to facilitate the mentor-mentee relationship for historically disenfranchised and underrepresented students who are interested in exploring a career in higher education and student affairs. In this study, returning participants of the NUFP program were interviewed and the positive effects of their mentorship experience were identified. Research in this study focused on the question; what are the positive effects for historically disenfranchised and underrepresented undergraduate students who are interested in pursing a career in higher education and student affairs by working with a professional mentor? Additionally, the epistemological approach of testimonios situated the researcher as part of the NUFP community. This approach elicited personal knowledge and emotions that a typical evaluation cannot reach. This study found that having a professional mentor as a historically underrepresented and disenfranchised student improves experiences during one’s undergraduate education journey. A clear understanding of the ways in which these students were impacted has been 3 identified. The current research on mentor relationships can be transcribed across many disciplines and levels of university studies. The significance of these findings is that in the future, academic programs may be confident when encouraging their diverse student populations to seek out a professional mentor, with whom they can form a working relationship.
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