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Front Page - Friday, August 30, 2019

B.O.S.S. aims to mentor under-represented minority students

Chattanooga State’s B.O.S.S. mentorship program is an effort to connect underrepresented minority students to campus, increase interactions with faculty and staff and provide students with academic and non-academic benefits that will improve their outcomes.

“Students who interact regularly with faculty members tend to have higher levels of academic self-challenge and a greater sense of belonging than those who don’t,” says Amanda Jordan, B.O.S.S. program coordinator. “These same students develop deeper academic engagement, work harder in class, pursue challenging projects and enjoy greater satisfaction with their college experience when they experience positive faculty interaction.”

Put together by Jordan and scholarship coordinator Andy Cross, B.O.S.S. will pair 20 student mentees with faculty and staff mentors for the 2019-20 school year.

After meeting program requirements, some of which include weekly meetings with mentors and maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average, the students will receive a $1,200 grant that can be used to defray educational and personal expenses.

Source: Chattanooga State