Finding U at ONU and Other Institutions: An Innovative Mentoring Program for Students of Color at a Small Private Comprehensive Liberal Arts University

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This session examines an innovative mentoring program designed to assist with the retention of first and second year African American and Latino students at Ohio Northern University. Information on the rationale for the Finding U at ONU program will be provided, as well as insights and lessons learned from its implementation and structure. Finally, this session will address current efforts to measure the effectiveness of the program, as well as expansion of the program. This session should particularly benefit those who are interested in establishing an innovative mentoring program at a small college or university setting for minority students, students interested in taking an active role in retention, and those who are concerned with retention issues related to African American, Latino and other minority populations.

Keywords: Mentoring, Retention
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Clyde Wilson Pickett

Director of Multicultural Diversity, Multicultural Development
Student Affairs, Ohio Northern University

Ada, Ohio, USA

Clyde Wilson Pickett has over 10 years of experience in higher education leadership. Mr. Pickett currently serves as the Director of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University. Prior to his appointment at Ohio Northern, Mr. Pickett worked for the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Morehead State University. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Pickett completed his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky and his M. Ed in Adult and Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis in Counseling and Multicultural issues from Morehead State University.

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