SMART Mentor

SMART Mentor

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 SMART event planning, implementation and management.


  • $11.25 per hour
  • Up to 15 hours per week

Please note: This compensation is taxable.

Employment Term

Applications for the 2023-24 Academic School Year will be open March 13-28.

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.

Learn more about SMART

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must understand and be able to articulate the additional adjustments to college life that minoritized populations face at BGSU.
  • 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.
  • Cannot currently be on Residential, Academic or University Conduct 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.
  • First-year SMART Mentors must reside on campus during the entire time of employment with SMART. Returning SMART Mentors are expected to live on campus; however, an exemption may be provided at the discretion of the Senior Associate Director.

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 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
  • Plan programs/events/activities
  • Attend SMART-sponsored programs and activities
  • Meet one-on-one with the SMART Program/Graduate Coordinators monthly throughout the year
  • Adhere to SMART Program/Graduate Coordinator 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 for 2022-2023 Academic School Year

Monday, March 13 - 28Application open |  APPLY NOW!
Monday, April 3 - 7Interviews with Residence Life Staff
Monday, April 10 - 14Offers are sent out

Information Sessions & Interview Workshops

Available by appointment only.
Contact James Kearney Coordinator, Diversity Initiatives to schedule.  

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  

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Updated: 03/13/2023 08:41AM