New Mentorship Program to Support Female First-Year Students



February 5, 2015 | Academics, Career Development, Community Service

Women of GRIT kick-off reception, February 3, 2015.

Women of GRIT kick-off reception, February 3, 2015.

Women of Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, and Talent (GRIT) held its inaugural kick-off celebration February 3. Tracy Daraviras, Associate Professor of English, and Victoria Romero, Student Success Advocate, are administering this new mentorship program. Open to all Guttman first-year female students, participants will engage in a series of monthly workshops, enrichment programs, and mentorship opportunities to foster a sense of community and leadership. The program will promote students’ academic, personal, and professional success and advancement.

There are eight first-year female GRIT participants. The GRIT mentors represent a variety of professional backgrounds, including law, writing, and counseling, and will serve as advisors and friends. They will assist students in setting and fulfilling goals by the end of the program. “GRIT will introduce students to professional women to learn about their career paths, while exploring their own. Mentoring is extremely important in helping young women grow in all aspects of their lives,” noted Professor Daraviras.

GRIT’s goals include:

  • Supporting and challenging participants to achieve academic excellence
  • Developing an increased awareness of self
  • Promoting professional decorum
  • Encouraging leadership
  • Promoting community service and engagement.

The program will emphasize academic excellence, graduating from college, and encouraging participants to be successful leaders and role models in their respective careers and communities. Young women will increase their self-awareness while learning to be self-empowered.