Underrepresented Students in Sustainability Mentoring Program
The Underrepresented Students in Sustainability (USS) Mentoring Program is designed to make mentoring opportunities more accessible to undergraduates from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds exploring careers in sustainability & the environment.
Underrepresented Students in Sustainability (USS)
Students at the University of Iowa proposed USS as a resource for underrepresented students interested in environmental sustainability. USS will connect students with qualified mentors interested in providing guidance and advocacy for the next generation of leaders in the field. USS has three primary goals:
Bridging the gap between underrepresented students and qualified professionals who share an interest in environmental sustainability.
Offering a support system and increasing retention for underrepresented students in sustainability-oriented fields.
Preparing underrepresented students to join the next generation of leaders in sustainability & the environment.
Applications are due on October 5th. Mentor pairs will be announced during the week of October 12.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
Be a currently enrolled student at the University of Iowa
Preference will be given to students who:
Identify with a group that is underrepresented in environmental sustainability.
Come from economically, geographically, or educationally disadvantaged background.
Have demonstrated interest in environmental justice and working with underserved populations.
All students with an interest in sustainability are encouraged to sign up!
Mentors should sign up as soon as possible.
All professors with expertise in environmental sustainability are encouraged to join the program.
Mentors are required to meet with their students for an hour (at least) once a month.
At meetings, mentors and students are encouraged to discuss their experiences, goals, and future plans. Mentors should keep in mind the goals of USS: aiming to build relationships, to offer a system of support, and to prepare students for the future.