Spider FLI Mentors

Welcome to the Spiders FLI Mentor Peer Program, which pairs incoming first-generation and/or limited-income students (FLI) with returning first-generation and/or limited-income student peer mentors. The mentors are all academically successful and very excited to work with new first-gen or limited-income students. They will be available to talk about any and all challenges you may have settling in academically or socially and will be very knowledgeable about any campus resources you might need. 

In addition to having regular access to your mentor, the entire Spiders FLI mentor and mentee program will be invited to group social events on and off campus periodically throughout the year. 

 Why Should I Have a Mentor?

Having a peer mentor is like having a built in friend when you get to Richmond who knows how to navigate campus, and how to be a successful student. They can answer any questions you have from where to buy affordable text books, to the best places to study on campus, or clubs to join to meet cool people. They can also be that person to eat with in the dining hall or just talk with about life with. They will also have lots of practical advice, like how to manage your time, or when and how to talk with professors, and will keep you in the know about the resources and opportunities you might want to take advantage of. Plus they are all really fun and interesting people and they can't wait to meet you!

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The 2023-24 program is open to all new class of 2027 and incoming transfer students who are first-generation, defined as neither parent has received a bachelor's degree, and/or limited-income students, those who require a substantial amount of financial aid to come to Richmond. However, the goal of the Spiders FLI program is to be flexible enough to include students who believe their situation is similar enough that they would benefit from these resources. One example of this is someone whose parent received a degree in another country but is not familiar with American higher education. If you have questions about whether the program is appropriate for you, please contact Lisa Miles at lmiles@richmond.edu to discuss. 

How Do I Get a Mentor? 

If you are interested in having a mentor, there is a short application to complete by July 1 with some questions about what you are most looking for in a mentor. Some students really want someone who is studying a particular major. Other students want to find someone with whom they share an important identity. The application form asks questions that should help you tell us what you need.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

The application deadline to become a mentor for 2023-2024 has passed but we thank you for your interest.