Become a Mentor


Project EXPORT grant's goal is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative program of recruitment, education, and retention designed to expand the workforce of health providers, researchers, and faculty working to reduce health disparities.  The project is striving to develop value-added experiences to CSU students to bring awareness around health disparities and recruit students, especially from minority backgrounds, to participate in a career addressing urban health.  An important component to a student's education is outreach and the mentoring process.  Through the partnership with the Urban Health Fellows program, students will obtain the unique opportunity to mentor in-coming freshmen to facilitate the introduction and career selection for students interested in health careers. 


The Urban Health Fellows Program is designed for freshman and sophomore students at CSU interested in pursuing careers in a health care field (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and hearing, physician assisting, nursing, etc.).  The program provides academic support and enrichment to help students achieve the academic and personal record that will increase their success in entering and completing health professional education.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Current CSU student
    • Junior, Senior, PostBacc, or graduate student
  • Be enrolled in any of the following undergraduate or graduate programs/pathways
    • Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dentistry
    • Any of the pre-health or professional programs, such as:
      • Occupational or Physical Therapy, Physicians Asst., Speech-Language Pathology, Nursing, Public Health, etc…   
  • Have an interest in public health, health care or similar areas
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be able to attend mentor sessions:
    • 2 hour mentor training session in August 2014 (TBD)
    • Participate in group activities with mentees at least once per semester
    • End-of year reception in April-May 2015 (TBD)
  • Interact with mentees at least bi-monthly over academic year
  • Commitment to accomplish all of the program expectations.
  • Strong communication skills (both interpersonal and electronic).


  • Increase leadership skills; develop organizing skills
  • Network with professionals currently in the health care field
  • Become a change-agent in a young person’s life
  • Up to $100 will be awarded at end of mentoring program to one of the following:
      • One-year membership to a professional association (for example American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Occupational Therapy Association)
      • Registration to a local or national conference

Please email Kerri Caine [] by June 1, 2014 to request an application.