The Legacy Mentoring/Retention Program is designed as a collaborative effort using the time and skills of Black and Latino faculty, staff and students to enhance student retention. Now, we work to support students of all backgrounds to be more successful contributors to the NU community. There are five integral parts to this program that aid in reaching those goals:
Legacy's first sponsored student program of the year is the New Student Orientation for entering Black and Latino/a students. The primary purpose of the program is to introduce the entering class to one another, Northeastern staff, faculty, administrators and to their Legacy Student Mentors. All members of the Northeastern community are welcome to attend the orientation.
The orientation is an informative program presented in assorted formats. The highlights of the program are the Student Mentors who act out various scenarios that involve many of the challenges, campus incidents and circumstances and situations that first year students may encounter.
In addition, the orientation provides an opportunity to interact with each other and enjoy the camaraderie within the Black and Latino community at Northeastern University.
Legacy mentors and mentees volunteer hundreds of hours each year on campus and throughout Boston. This year we will return to the Greater Boston Food Bank to serve as a group, but we also encourage students to bring ideas of new and exciting ways for us to stay involved with our community!
The Legacy Mentoring Program’s “Reel Talk” Film Series endeavors to engage students in discussions about issues raised in films, documentaries, and television programs. Past events have focused on issues of race and racism, the Civil Rights Movement, the AfroReggae movement (a Brazilian grassroots organization), and many more.