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JWU's mentorship program for first-year commuter students

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Hey new commuting Wildcats! Are you starting classes in the fall and unsure or anxious about what to expect? Don’t worry we’ve been there!

We’re here to let you know about jwuGOLD. jwuGOLD is your Golden Opportunity to Learn and Discover at JWU. This program matches first-year students with a knowledgeable faculty or staff mentor with similar interests, as well as the skills and experience to help that student meet their academic and career goals. The mentor will serve as a resource to their student mentee, providing support and guidance throughout their first year at JWU.

Our goal is to connect you with fellow Wildcats, resources and a support system that can help you succeed academically, socially and personally. You and your mentor will work together to create a plan to reach your goals, and celebrate when success is achieved.

Program Perks

  • Immerse yourself in Johnson & Wales and the Wildcat community
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself
  • Identify opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Build a network of connections and develop strong relationships that could last a lifetime
  • Receive support and guidance to help you face challenges
  • Develop strategies to go above and beyond your academic and personal goals
  • Meet new friends and get involved

Mentee Expectations

  • Attend the jwuGOLD kick-off event to meet your mentor and other jwuGOLD participants 
  • Meet with your mentor once a week for the first six to eight weeks of the fall semester
  • Attend jwuGOLD designated social and educational activities
  • Communicate regularly with your mentor and schedule time to meet periodically throughout the academic year
  • Identify the skills, knowledge and/or goals you want to achieve and work with your mentor to create an action plan to achieve those goals
  • Be open and honest and willing to share information with your mentor
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to learn, develop and make connections


Please note that additional resources and support can be found at The Den, the commuter lounge located on the Downcity Campus at 35 Richmond Street, Providence. Commuters are encouraged to reach out to Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) at 401-598-4595 or Additional information about OCSS can be found on the commuter webpage accessible from the Services page on jwuLink.


“Personally my mentor is doing a fine job, really helping me work through my thoughts on college and introducing me to new programs”

“I’m super grateful to be a part of this amazing program. I’m so happy I decided to go through with it. It feels great to have the support especially when you don’t know what you’re doing.” 

“If you need guidance or you need to know something, that'll help you, guide you towards what it is that you need.”

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The jwuGOLD mentor program connects a first-year student to JWU in a meaningful way. The student will receive individual attention during their first year through the support and guidance of a JWU employee mentor. The program will provide the student with tools and resources to achieve personal and academic success.

Program Objectives

  • Develop a sense of belonging and community to JWU
  • Increase student’s potential for personal and academic success
  • Provide support and guidance to help the student navigate their first year at JWU and utilize university resources
  • Connect the student with a JWU faculty or staff member who will serve as an “anchor” and campus resource for them

What is mentoring?

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, mentoring is a time-proven strategy that can help individuals of all circumstances achieve their potential. Mentoring provides many benefits for the mentee such as, support, reinforcement, guidance and positive relationships. Mentors also benefit from the program, experiencing a sense of purpose and gratification from their interactions with their mentees. The jwuGOLD program utilizes an intentional engagement model that embodies purposeful interactions to positively impact a student’s success, satisfaction and retention.

‚ÄčjwuGOLD is a program designed by the Campus 2022: Our Approach Subcommittee:

Diane Riccitelli, Director of Off-Campus Student Services

Lauren Anderson, Manager of Alumni Relations

Maria Knight, Human Resources Training and Development Specialist

Melanie Rainone, Student Career Advisor, Experiential Education & Career Services

Lisa Spicola, Chief Librarian, Harborside Library

Michael Waugh, Director of the BRIDGE Center

Stacia White, Assistant Director of Academic Counseling


Contact for more information or questions about this program.