The Office of Multicultural Affairs will begin a B.E.A.R. Program during the Spring 2015 Semester.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Shawnee State University will begin a B.E.A.R. (Building, Empowering, Achieving, and Reaching) Program during the Spring 2015 Semester.
The B.E.A.R. program, according to Justin McMillan, the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs and Student Life at Shawnee State University, will provide opportunities for all SSU students to develop personally, socially, and academically through the offering of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, programs, and services.
“The B.E.A.R. program will allow for different branches of opportunity by allowing students to work on their professional development, leadership skills, and their overall development as students at SSU,” McMillan said.
One of those skills that McMillan singled out as an important starting point for the university was the formation of a mentoring program that could help make the transition to college easier for freshmen at SSU by pairing the first-year students with a person that comes from a similar background.
“We’re looking at starting a mentor/mentee program where the freshmen that come in can team up with upperclassmen who have gone through the same types of experiences, so that future enrollees have a greater chance of becoming successful,” McMillan said. “Professional staff members are there for them, and now we can have those experienced students there to provide new students a guiding hand as well.”
Overall, the formation of the B.E.A.R. program has McMillan hopeful that the program can lead students toward a successful career path.
“I want the students to see that anything is achievable, if you put your mind to it,” McMillan said. “I want them to become better students and better individuals for society, and once they reach that point of success, they can share it with someone else and keep the successful trend going as a result.
For the latest news and information regarding the Office of Multicultural Affairs, contact McMillan by phone at (740) 351-3553 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.