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STEM Mentor Program


VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and VCU's Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC LSAMP)

OMSA's Mission

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) provides supportive services and resources to underserved and underrepresented students from ethnic, racial and other cultural groups at the university. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to a multicultural, diverse student body, and OMSA offers assistance to students and faculty in support of this commitment.


The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC LSAMP) at VCU is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, regional alliance of eight institutions from Virginia and North Carolina charged with commitment to increase the following over five years (2007-2012):

The alliance is led by the University of Virginia (UVA) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the LSAMP program.

Description of Mentorship Program

This program will be offered as a pilot program during the 2009-10 academic year as a partnership through VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, VCU School of Engineering and Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (VA-NC LSAMP). It is designed to match new students of color with knowledgeable juniors and seniors to better support the acclimation and development of the traditionally underrepresented student populations, specifically within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Baccalaureate degree programs.

When: 2010 - 11 Academic Year

Target Group:

The mentoring program is designed to support the academic, professional, and cultural development of the racially diverse students of Virginia Commonwealth University with an ultimate objective of increasing retention and graduation rates within the STEM Baccalaureate degree programs.

This experiential learning opportunity provides the prot'eg'e with exposure to variant professionals and perspectives within the STEM program. The mentor/prot'eg'e partnership will: help students engage with the coursework, provide professional development through networking and internships, explore future employment opportunities, and prepare for continuing education.








Become involved

For more information, contact:

Alfred Herrera
Program Coordinator
Virginia Commonwealth University, Monroe Park Campus,
601 West Main Street, Room 316
P.O. Box 843068,
Richmond, Virginia, 23284-3068
(804) 827-7000 ext. 314


The primary mission of OMSA is to assist traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations (i.e. race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender) through advising, support, program development, retention, mentoring and by promoting an appreciation of diversity throughout the campus community.

Our Staff

Yolanda Avent

Faith Wilkerson
Assistant Director

Jenaé Harrington
Program Specialist

Lorin Hoisington
Graduate Assistant
LGBT & Women's Services