Dr. LaVerne Gyant Alumni Mentoring Program

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The Dr. LaVerne Gyant Alumni Mentoring Program connects Black/African American College of Education undergraduate students with Black/African American College of Education alumni. For alumni, this is a powerful way to give back to the community and support students. For students, the opportunity to network with and receive guidance from a graduate is invaluable.

We're currently looking for students and alumni to participate in this important program. Please consider signing up today.

If you have any questions, please contact us at drgmentoring@niu.edu.

Request a Mentor

Being a part of a mentoring program has many benefits and can be a powerful experience. By signing up for our mentoring program, you'll become a Dr. G. scholar, and we'll pair you with a Black/African American NIU alumnus or alumna.

Your mentor will give you one-on-one guidance while you participate in academic, social and cultural experiences. They'll share their knowledge and skills, boost your confidence, expand your horizons and provide direction to help you succeed.

Sign up to be part of our fall 2022 scholar cohort.

Request a Mentor Form

Become a Mentor

Did you have a mentor who made a difference in your life? Now, you can give back by mentoring a current Black/African American College of Education student. Through your guidance, your mentee will learn and grow. Both you and your mentee will enjoy the benefits of the experience. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Use your experience to encourage your mentee's personal and professional development.
  • Build your interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Learn about the new and different perspectives of future professionals.
  • Gain a sense of fulfillment as you make a positive impact on someone's life or career.

Sign up to be part of our fall 2022 mentor cohort. 

Mentor Interest Form

About LaVerne Gyant

LaVerne Gyant is a beloved professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. She is also the former director of the NIU Center for Black Studies. Known as "Dr. G.," she has mentored many Black/African American students over the years. She recognizes the importance of this work, saying, "It's my mission to continue the work of women of African descent, activists and educators, my grandmother and mother. It's my responsibility to make sure that the next generation is prepared to continue and build upon the legacy left to them."

Read more about Dr. G.

Make a Gift

Help this program continue to grow by making a monetary donation in support of future Dr. G scholars, fellows and mentors. 

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