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 2020/21 academic year and are interested in becoming a mentee, we invite you to submit your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 Program Coordinator, and screening process
  • Participate in Orientation

Become a Mentor

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for the 2020/21 academic year, we invite you to submit your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

To be eligible to participate, mentors will be required to:

  • Be a graduate of Simmons University (+5 years out of college)
  • Complete the ASAM application and screening process
  • Participate in Orientation

History

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.

Purpose

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:

  1. Provide students with guidance in defining their personal, academic, and professional goals
  2. Increase opportunities for alumnae/i to engage with their alma mater by sharing their experiences, personal insights, and knowledge with current students
  3. Promote and expand professional networking opportunities for mentees of color
  4. Increase mentees’ confidence and leadership skills necessary to achieve their full potential
  5. Increase cultural connections for historically underserved communities within Simmons and academia