Faculty and Staff

The Center for Career & Leadership Development (CCLD) is excited to announce the second year of our Knights LEAD freshman student leadership program. Students in last year’s cohort have shared with us that they greatly benefited from the relationships they formed with faculty and staff who served as facilitators and mentors in the program. We can always use your help to ensure that we have enough mentors for all students in the program this year.

The main goals of this program are:

1. To increase retention rates

2. To develop student leadership and soft skills

3. To provide additional support to ensure that students adjust well to college life

  • If you would like to facilitate one, 1-hour session, we already have a curriculum based on the NACE 8 core competencies. Faculty and staff members may use the curriculum provided to facilitate the sessions, work with me to revise and or add to the curriculum, and use additional resources as well as your professional and personal experiences that are relevant to competency being taught. Dr. Russell will be present at all meetings and will assist as needed. We simply need your experience, assistance, and expertise to maximize this program’s success.
  • If you would like to serve as a mentor, a mentor guide is provided. Your interaction with the students will be personalized, based on your schedule, and flexible. We simply ask that you connect with the student at least once a month. For this Fall 2020, please note that for everyone's safety, you are more than welcome and encouraged to have virtual contacts with your mentee(s) but feel free to meet in person if there is a mutual agreement.

Click HERE to complete the 2020-2021 Knights LEAD Volunteer Interest Form and Dr. Tamika Russell will contact you directly.


  • Communicate monthly with student to check on progress during fall and spring
  • Encourage student use of campus resources
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for student navigating a new environment
  • Listen and offer advice when student needs extra motivation
  • Provide that extra push that a student may need in order to get involved on campus


Kessiny Neal- My mentor helped me break out of my shell Tyrone Johnson-I was able to communicate with others and receive a mentor to help me when I need it.