The Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program helps first-year students at Douglass Residential College excel academically and get involved at Rutgers while also providing an opportunity for upper-class mentors to serve as role models and leaders. “We really want to help our students become very actively engaged in their education and find what they’re really passionate about,” says Katherine Birckmayer, an assistant dean at Douglass who directs the mentor program. “The mentors play a key role in this process.”
As a Voorhees mentor, Chinaza helps facilitate discussions in “Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women’s Leadership,” a women’s and gender studies course that’s a requirement for Douglass students. She also meets with students individually and takes a special course for mentors, “Mentoring: Leadership and Practice.” “I learn so much about myself,” Chinaza says of the experience. “It forces you to be not just a leader, but an adviser.” Learn more.