SMART Mentor

All of our 2017-18 SMART Mentor positions are currently full.

If you are interested in applying to be a SMART Mentor during 2018-19, apply here.


Brief Description

SMART Mentor | The Residence Life SMART (Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining and Teaching) Mentor is responsible for developing a positive, supportive relationship with first-year residential students, particularly from marginalized populations (Mentees). In addition to helping their Mentees with the transition to college life, SMART Mentors will assist with with SMART event planning, implementation and management.


$8.50 per hour/ Up to eight hours per week

Please note: This compensation is taxable.

Employment Term

All of our 2017-18 SMART Mentor positions are currently full.


What is SMART?

The Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining and Teaching Program is a mentoring program designed to help first-year residential students of color - especially those from marginalized populations - transition successfully to BGSU.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have and maintain a 2.5 term and cumulative GPA.
  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student and live on campus.
  • Available on weekends and evenings to accommodate evening activities, meetings and programs.
  • Cannot currently be on Residence Life Employment Probation, Resident or University Conduct Probation or Academic Probation.
  • Must be able to work well in a group setting with people of diverse beliefs, backgrounds and personalities; demonstrate high ethical standards and strong character; and serve as a role model/positive example of a BGSU student.
  • Must understand and be able to articulate the additional adjustments to college life that minoritized populations face at BGSU.

SMART Mentor Job Duties

  • Participate in all assigned Residence Life/SMART Trainings and Professional Development
  • Attend weekly SMART Meetings (Roundtables/All-SMART), Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Commit to developing a positive, supportive relationship with all other Residence Life Staff and Mentees
    • Be accessible and available to all Mentees
    • Maintain weekly contact with Mentees, including a monthly face-to-face interaction
    • Provide timely information about SMART programs and events to Mentees
  • Complete weekly reports detailing interactions with Mentees
  • Work under the direction of a SMART Team Leader as a part of a SMART Committee
    • Plan programs/events/activities as part of a SMART Committee
    • Attend SMART-sponsored programs and activities
  • Meet one-on-one with the SMART Program/Graduate Coordinators monthly throughout the year
  • Adhere to SMART Program requirements and expectations of SMART Program Coordinators
  • Follow guidelines/rules in the Community Living Standards and the Student Code of Conduct
  • Other duties as assigned

Application Process

The Office of Residence Life is always looking for qualified applicants to apply to be a SMART Mentor and currently have open positions that need to be filled.

Step 1
Apply Now | After you apply, your application will be checked for eligibility. If you meet the position requirements, your application will become Active.
Step 2
If your application is Active, it will remain on file for 5 months and you will be contacted for an interview if a position opens that meets your qualifications.
Step 3         If you are not contacted for an interview within 5 months, please re-apply. Just because you weren't contacted doesn't mean we won't want to hire you in the future.

Please note: All position information, including the compensation, are subject to change. The information provided on this page is a reflection of the current academic school year position. If you have any questions about the Application Process, please email us at Thank you for your interest in the position!