Applications to become a RISE mentor can be found in Handshake

If you need assistance creating a Handshake account, please contact the Career Services Center at (414) 288-7423.

RISE Mentor Program

Students who are selected to be mentors for RISE are called upon to help usher first year, first generation students of color into Marquette. We strive to develop leaders who are committed to their roles because they understand the impact of assisting their peers on the Marquette campus. In modeling leadership, they contribute to a broader objective that aims to help students succeed and thrive at Marquette. The mentor position is a paid position.

Expectations of RISE mentors include participating in on-going training and reflection to help them become more aware of themselves as leaders and to better serve the needs of the students they mentor. Some topics included in training and reflection include the following:

  • Identifying and reflecting upon their personal strengths using the CliftonStrengths assessment
  • How to develop rapport as a mentor
  • Cultural awareness training
  • Developing effective communication skills
  • Leadership Development Model: Becoming Contemplatives in Action

RISE mentors are also invited to attend and coordinate educational and social gatherings with the students in their RISE cohort. Examples of these group (pre-pandemic) programs have included the following:

  • Attending a Marquette basketball game
  • Study hall sessions with dinner
  • Study abroad information session
  • Financial planning for the future
  • Interview workshop

The application and selection of RISE mentors occurs in the spring semester. Application requirements are available on Handshake.

Qualifications to be a Mentor

  • Be a full-time undergraduate Marquette University student at the time of submitting their application and during the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of their selection and pre-orientation.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 at the end of the spring semester.
  • Have at least sophomore standing with a minimum of 24 total credits at the end of the spring semester..
  • Be able to live on campus during the pre-orientation program days including the training the day prior to the program in August. (This is subject to change pending University Covid-19 response and policies.)

General Dates of RISE 2021

As a high-level leadership position within RISE, we require full commitment to the role of RISE Leader.
Due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, all dates and modalities are subject to change. We ask for your grace and flexibility, and we will continue to communicate transparently as we continue to plan.


Training Dates
• Four RISE training dates throughout the spring semester (exact dates will be made available to selected mentors)
• Three RISE meetings with first year students (July – August)
• RISE program on August 23 and 24 (virtual unless otherwise noted)
• Follow-up monthly mentor trainings (September through November 2021 for the fall semester)
• Monthly check-ins with mentee groups in fall semester 2021

If you have questions about becoming a mentor, please contact Clara Dwyer, Assistant Director in the Center for Engagement and Inclusion.