Become a RISE Mentor with Pitt Commons

Join us and support the specific and unique needs of under-represented student populations through mentorship.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Reaching Inside Your Soul for Excellence (RISE) Mentoring Program is an intervention program that addresses the critically important issues of retention and graduation rates of under-represented Pitt students. Pitt has a dynamic online platform that will make it easier for these students to connect with mentors.

Pitt Commons matches alumni to help guide students and each other along a path of success, and we need our full community along for the journey.

Pitt Commons will help the RISE program to increase dramatically the retention and graduation rates of African American students and help them connect to the University of Pittsburgh. The University’s commitment to student development, academics, socialization, mentoring, global awareness, and community development is inherent in RISE and provides students with a comprehensive learning experience designed to facilitate their success.

Mentors will commit to a one-year match with a student mentee which will include thrice-monthly virtual interactions infused with milestones and feedback to ensure that both the mentor and mentee have a meaningful experience. Students will also be required to conduct an informational interview with their mentors.

We need your expertise and reflections to open student minds to new opportunities, new careers, and new ideas and strengthen the next generation of professionals in your field.

Are you in?

Follow these simple steps to become a RISE Mentor:
• Use this link to create your profile
• Look for a notification email with information on your mentee.
• Log-on to the platform to meet your student mentee!

Have questions? Contact Deena Kelly, Associate Director of Student Life at Pitt via email:

ALSO: If you will be attending homecoming October 25-27, 2019, please email Byron Allen, the VP of Programs for the AAAC. We would like to host a get together to introduce mentors to mentees during the homecoming weekend.

Hail to Pitt!

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