Great Expectations Mentorship Program (GEM)

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The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement’s peer mentor program, Great Expectations Mentorship (GEM) is designed to support incoming BIPOC and/or First-Generation new students with their transition to Lewis & Clark College. 

Sign up for GEM Today: GEM 2022 Registration Form

New BIPOC and/or First-Generation students who sign up for GEM will be considered a GEM Mentee and will be paired with a GEM Mentor (a second-year or older student). GEM Mentors are trained to assist you in your transition to L&C and will help get you connected to our campus community and resources! Mentors are exceptional student leaders who can be a resource for you regarding information about academics, study and time management skills, student organizations, campus life, and other co-curricular activities. With your fellow GEM Mentees and your Mentor, you will have the opportunity to engage in other IME programs together and take part in our weekly GEM Gatherings. 

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Making the transition to Lewis & Clark College, regardless of academic ability, comes with many new challenges, growth, and changes that one may not have ever expected. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this transition! Our GEM Mentors are continuing students who know too well some of the issues incoming new students face when transitioning to Lewis & Clark College. These mentors are eager to pass along some advice and knowledge as well as help you get connected to the Lewis & Clark community!

GEM kicks off with three days filled with access to resources called Great Expectations Mentorship (GEM) Retreat where you will have direct access to staff, faculty, students, alumni, and resources. You will meet other students in a small and supportive community, bond with your peer mentor, find answers to your questions about college, and get guidance in your first year as you navigate campus life. 

We encourage students to continue to stay involved in GEM after their first year at Lewis & Clark either by becoming a mentor themselves or attending our other events designed for upper class students.

Sign up for GEM Today: GEM 2022 Registration Form