The Warrior Vision and Impact Program was the topic of discussion at the Jan. 16 Student Senate meeting.
Warrior VIP is a support system and learning community that assists in students’ success through mentorship opportunities and skills-based workshops for freshman and other students transitioning into college.
Coordinator Kenya Swanson shared news, concerns and benefits of the program at the meeting.
“Our students do better with a relational experience as opposed to a transactional experience,” Swanson said. At this moment, they have 30 peer mentors that can help with their success.”
She said mentors are paid to help students by offering services such as advice on how to achieve academic success through sharing their own personal journey at the university and connecting them with tutors.
Swanson said there are around 275 total students enrolled in VIP including 150 freshmen with a retention rate of 93% of those who attend the program and enroll in the First-Year Seminar.
Senior Associate Provost for Student Success Monica Brockmeyer said receiving funds for the progression and for the sustainability of the program is important.
“We need funding. We will take any money we can get,” she said.
She said the program has only been in existence for three years.
Brockmeyer said she hopes the program will be available for students to join in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Senate inducted two new senators-at-large at the meeting.
Misha Asim and Justin Verriest were sworn into office after Dean of Students David Strauss performed the ceremony.
“I’m really excited to connect students to resources that have been created to help them,” Verriest said.
Asim said she wants to help deliver student concerns to university officials about better dining options.
“I saw there was a huge gap between students and how they felt about dining at Gold ‘n’ Greens,” she said.
The next Senate meeting will take place on Feb. 6.
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