Students participating in the Loomis Chaffee Black Alumni Mentoring Program met their mentors on Tuesday, October 5, via video conference, launching the program’s second year.
Student participation has increased from 22 mentor pairings last year to 24 pairings this year, and the program has been adapted to reflect the increase in numbers, according to Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Stacy-Ann “Ro” Rowe '97, who organizes and oversees the program with Black alumni and students.
Student participants gathered in Gilchrist Auditorium on Tuesday to connect with their mentors in individual Zoom sessions. Students will meet with their mentors at least five additional times during the school year. The students also will engage in monthly self-advocacy training, led by Ro, to learn how to build lasting relationships with their mentors.
The mentoring program began in the Fall of 2020 after a group of Black alumni expressed a strong desire to guide and support the school’s current Black students. The alumni recalled that, as students, they often had wished for someone who looked like them to talk to and to share their experiences.
The program matches interested students with volunteer alumni mentors who help current students navigate different aspects of independent school life. The goal of the program is to help students form lasting relationships with mentors to guide them in their journey at Loomis and beyond.
“Our Black alumni are very successful individuals,” said Ro. “They know other very successful individuals and would love to give Black students the opportunity to network and advance.”
As was the case last year, all meetings will continue to be virtual for the foreseeable future.