Established in 2001 by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Always Reaching Upward (ARU) is a mentorship program dedicated to the academic and sociocultural success of incoming college students. Experienced college students are paired with incoming students to provide a year-long connection with UW-Parkside and its resources.

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About the ARU Experience


 

By participating in this program, mentees will receive a Mentor who who will act as a point person to have your back and assist in achieving a successful first-year experience first year at .

Benefits include:

  • You will be more confident, get guidance, and gain resources.
  • You will be build a community and skills through both social and academic events hosted through the program.
  • You will make personal connections and grow professionally.

Attention Incoming Students!

Sign up to be an ARU Mentee!

Being an ARU Mentor


 

ARU Mentors are experienced college students selected through an application and interview process. They must demonstrate exemplary leadership and passion to help others succeed. They serve as role models and a resource for mentees.

Who can be an ARU Mentee?
Incoming first-year and transfer students attending UW-Parkside who welcome the opportunity to form a coaching relationship with experienced college students in order to achieve a successful college foundation.
 

Attention Spring 2022 & Fall 2022 Incoming Students!

Sign up to be an ARU Mentee!

Interested in being an ARU Mentor or Mentee?

Contact Amanda Markwardt:
markward@uwp.edu  | 262-595-3182

Applications for ARU Employment are now closed.

Check back on our Student Employment opportunities page to apply to be an ARU Mentor or ARU Student Coordinator for the 2023-2024 academic year.

ARU Mentors are experienced college students that demonstrate exemplary leadership and passion to help others succeed. They serve as role models and as a positive resource for mentees (incoming students). They communicate regularly with their mentees to help them achieve their goals and to create a home for them at UW-Parkside. They engage in leadership and professional development activities and plan programming for mentees.  

Compensation and Hours

  • $12.00 per hour
  • Approximately 5-8 hours per week

Qualifications

  • Must have commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belief in student success. 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing with the university. 
  • Must be flexible with availability of schedule. 
  • Must make a full academic year commitment as a mentor. 

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A complete application will include the following documents: 

  • ARU Mentor Application 
  • Responses to Essay Questions (listed on application) 
  • Resume (view Resume Writing and other Career Resources)

To learn more, contact Amanda Markwardt at markward@uwp.edu.

The ARU Student Coordinator is an experienced student leader that assists with the day-to-day functions in the office and provides necessary support to the Always Reaching Upward Mentoring Program. They complete administrative tasks, send communications, and assist with planning OMSA Signature Programs. The ARU Student Coordinator also serves as a resource and liaison for both students in the ARU program, multicultural student organizations, and to the campus community.  

Compensation and Hours

  • $13.00 per hour
  • Approximately 8-10 hours per week

Qualifications

  • Must have commitment to and belief in equity, diversity, and inclusion and student success.  
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. 
  • Must be a junior or senior in good standing with the university. 
  • Must have 1 year of experience mentoring program or related student leadership experience. 
  • Must be flexible with availability of schedule. 
  • Must make a full academic year commitment as an ARU Student Coordinator 

View Job Description

A complete application will include the following documents: 

  • ARU Student Coordinator Application
  • Responses to Essay Questions (listed on application) 
  • Resume (view Resume Writing and other Career Resources)

 

To learn more, contact Amanda Markwardt at markward@uwp.edu.

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