ALANA Students and Alumnae/i Mentoring
The ALANA Students and Alumnae/i Mentoring (ASAM) Program (formerly known as the SAAM Program) is a one-on-one mentoring program that is committed to fostering meaningful relationships between Simmons ALANA alumnae/i and students of color.
Become a Mentee
If you will be a Junior or Senior in the 2021/22 academic year and are interested in becoming a Mentee, we invite you to submit your application.
To be eligible to participate as a mentee, students will be required to:
- Be a Simmons student in their junior or senior year of study by the program's start date
- Complete the ASAM application, interview with The Office of Culture, Inclusion and Equity, and the Multicultural Center, and screening process
- Participate in the ASAM Orientation
Become a Mentor
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for the 2021/22 academic year, we invite you to submit your application.
We ask that mentors are:
- A Simmons Alumnae/i (undergraduate or graduate) of 5+ years
- Identify as person of color
- Willing and able to dedicate time to a mentoring relationship
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for both mentors and mentees.
In the spring of 2016, members of the Diversity Committee of the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board (AAEB) and the African American Alumnae/i Association (AAAA) met with several student affinity group leaders. The purpose of the meetings was to determine if there were meaningful opportunities for alumnae/i to support students of color given recent local, national and campus events disproportionately affecting people of color. As a result of this dialogue between alumnae/i and current students, it was determined that both the AAAA and Diversity Committee were committed to providing systematic, interactive mentoring as a supportive tool to help students along the path of academic and professional growth. As of Fall 2019, the ASAM Program has been managed by the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity.
As a result, the Simmons Alumnae/i ALANA Mentoring (SAAM) Program was launched as a pilot program. In January 2020, the name was officially changed to ALANA Students and Alumnae/i Mentoring (ASAM) Program. Combining research provided by The National Mentoring Partnership with Simmons' framework of alumnae/i involvement, the program's purpose was to serve as a powerful facilitator of high quality mentoring relationships that provides guidance and support to students of color. Since its initial launch in Fall 2016, the program has continued to grow and provide opportunities to underrepresented students through the connections made with experienced alumnae/i.
Above all else, ASAM is a student-centered opportunity to engage and provide out of classroom opportunities for students to bridge the gap between college and professional life. Both the availability of active alumnae/i and the desired outcomes of the students serve as the basis for the ASAM program.
The purpose of the ASAM Program is to build and foster meaningful and structured interactions between Simmons alumnae/i and students of color. Through these connections, mentees will receive support, guidance, and resources to navigate their undergraduate experiences.
Goals and Objectives
The overarching goal of the ASAM Program is to provide a structured one-to-one relationship between Simmons alumnae/i of color and students of color to address the needs of mentees and encourage them to realize their full academic, professional, and personal potential, while supporting them on their path to success.
To achieve this goal, the ASAM Program has the following objectives:
- Provide students with guidance in defining their personal, academic, and professional goals
- Increase opportunities for alumnae/i to engage with their alma mater by sharing their experiences, personal insights, and knowledge with current students
- Promote and expand professional networking opportunities for mentees of color
- Increase mentees' confidence and leadership skills necessary to achieve their full potential
- Increase cultural connections for historically underserved communities within Simmons and academia