Thank you for your interest in supporting the Give MORE Student Peer Support Momentum crowdfunding project. This campaign has ended, but you can still support the Office of Racial and Cultural Engagement by making a gift here today!
Put your diversity and inclusion principles into action by supporting social justice in the Emory community through peer mentoring for students of color.
The Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement empowers students to examine the construction of racial identities and create active learning communities that enhance opportunities for cultural engagement. Gifts help support belonging and community building events for undergraduate and graduate students of color through peer mentoring, heritage month events, and student-led programs for the Emory community.
MORE - a program that pairs first-year students with peer mentors during their first fall semester. Participants receive academic and social support from their mentors through weekly meetings and monthly events. Peer mentors share their Emory experience and information about campus resources and opportunities, which helps first-years connect to Emory in and out of the classroom. The program includes an introductory retreat and training for all attendees and regular meetings throughout the semester to monitor progress.
In the 1970s, the Black Student Alliance (BSA) created the All-star League Program, a big brother/big sister peer-mentoring program meant to give one-on-one support to incoming students. By the 1990s, the All-star League Program was housed in the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (previously Office of Minority Student Programs) and received a name change to the Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE) Mentoring Program. The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services transitioned to the Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement in 2017. The office maintained its commitment to peer mentorship and revamped the mentoring program. Although the program has a new name (Mentoring, Opportunities, and Resources at Emory) and structure, the mission has stayed the same: to support the academic and social transition of students of color in the Emory community.
Over the past 10 years this mentorship initiative has served and supported over 500 students of color. Based on self-reported data, students in the program represent the following racial communities: Black (41%), Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi (32%), Latinx/o/a (17%), multiracial (7%), Middle Eastern/North African (2%), and Native American/Indigenous (1%). Additionally, 72% of program participants have identified as women, 27% as men, and 1% as trans/non-binary/gender-non-conforming.
With your support we will be able to broaden the reach of this program and increase its depth. With growing student populations, we would be able to successfully match more mentor and mentee pairs during their first year at Emory. With these funds the program can grow from a fall semester program to a full academic year mentorship initiative. Mentorship programs like MORE can positively impact a student’s sense of belonging, while connecting them to the Emory community.
A gift of this amount can provide funding for one mentor/mentee pair’s bi-weekly touchpoint
1970- the first iteration of the MORE program began at Emory
64.5% of the Emory Class of 2025 self-identify as students of color or international students
A gift of $100 can support MORE's monthly training sessions
$250 can cover the cost of the supplies and materials for a retreat
500 students have received peer mentors through the MORE program