Genesis Mentoring


The Genesis Mentoring Program works with traditionally underrepresented students during their first semester to ensure a successful transition, both personally and academically, to college life.  The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) fully understands the importance of students' holistic well-being, and we strive to provide the appropriate support and education.  While participating in Genesis Mentoring, students can expect a variety of programs, each aimed a different area of success:

  • One-on-one mentoring:  Students will meet weekly with their Genesis mentor to discuss a variety of topics including classes, college life, identities, etc.
  • Professional Development:  Mentors and mentees come together and participate in workshops that help students grow professionally
  • Personal Development:  Students will experience personal growth through their mentor/mentee relationship, by working with the OMA staff, and through workshops
  • Socials:  Mentors and Mentees will attend several planned socials, as well as engage in a variety of OMA sponsored events

students walking on campus
Genesis Mentoring group photo
two students at OMA event


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Apply to be a mentee!

Genesis mentees are incoming first-year students who are eager to make their college transition a success.  We accept all incoming first-year LSU students, and we strongly encourage students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students of a religious minority, international students, first-generation, and all other traditionally underrepresented students to apply.

Mentees must:

  •  Keep open communication with your mentor and OMA staff through the duration of the program
  • Make all efforts to attend each Genesis event throughout the semester
  • Agree to the policies and procedures of the Genesis Mentoring program
  • Be an incoming first-year LSU student for the upcoming fall semester

Apply to be a Mentee!


Apply to be a mentor!

Genesis Mentors are third and fourth year students, graduate assistants, faculty members, and professional staff members who are exceptional campus leaders.  Mentors serve as role models to the mentees by sharing their experiences with academia, campus life, and personal growth.  By helping first-year students adjust to LSU's academic environment, mentors enhance their leadership and interpersonal skills. Additionally, mentors offer their insights on courses, professors, and research opportunities. Mentors also work as referral agents by connecting mentees to the many support services and resources offered on campus.  Mentors are often the most memorable pieces of one's undergraduate career, and they are essential to a successful cohort of mentees.

Student Mentors must:

  • Maintain good academic standing: at least 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in their most recently finished semester
  • Be a third or fourth year student by the fall of the upcoming academic year
  • Have a clean student record

All Mentors must:

  • Be respectful of individual difference including, but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, religion, and socioeconomic status.
  • Be willing to attend all Genesis Mentoring events with your Mentee

Apply to be a Mentor! (Upperclass or Graduate LSU Student)

Apply to be a Mentor! (Faculty and Staff)

More about Genesis Mentoring

Type of Events

  • Weekly:  Mentors and Mentees will decide on a time and setting to meet weekly for one-on-ones
  • Monthly:  The entire Mentor and Mentee cohort will gather for an special event, ranging from professional development workshops to socials
  • Twice:  At the beginning and end of the fall semester, each mentor/mentee pairing will be asked to meet with a representative of the Office of Multicultural Affairs


  • Receive opportunities to interact with faculty/staff across campus in meaningful ways
  • Individual mentoring and peer support
  • Personal and professional enrichment opportunities
  • Learn about various departments, student organizations, majors, and cultures
  • Experience college with a cohort of close friends
  • Leadership development
  • Resume and CV builders
  • One-on-one attention from professional staff members

Fall Semester At A Glance

(official dates will be announced via email)

Date Event
Week 1 Mentor Match-Up Event; One-on-Ones
Week 2 One-on-Ones
Week 3  One-on-Ones
Week 4 One-on-Ones
Week 5

One-on-Ones; UREC Archery Tag

Week 6 One-on-Ones
Week 7


Week 8 One-on-Ones; True Colors
Week 9  One-on-Ones
Week 10 One-on-Ones
Week 11


Week 12 One-on-Ones
Week 13


Week 14


Week 15 One-on-Ones; End of the semester social