The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

View this profile on Instagram

The Torch (@sju_torch) • Instagram photos and videos

Torch Design / Megan Chapman
Untangling the Web of Mixed Emotions
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 15, 2024
Kristen Stewart plays Lou in Love Lies Bleeding. 
Photo Courtesy / YouTube A24
“Love Lies Bleeding:” A24’s Newest Thriller
Celina Mullady, Asst. Culture Editor • April 11, 2024
Torch Photo / Abigail Grieco
Surviving Senioritis as a Second-Semester Senior
Abigail Grieco, Features Editor Emerita • April 11, 2024

R.I.S.E.’s Fall Mixer Open to All

Mentors+and+mentees+share+their+thoughts+and+goals.
TORCH PHOTO/BRE’ANNA GRANT
Mentors and mentees share their thoughts and goals.

Nearly 100 students, professors and faculty gathered in the D’Angelo Center for the annual R.I.S.E. Mixer on Thursday, Sept. 28. They had the opportunity to network with other R.I.S.E. mentees, mentors, faculty and administrators in different departments.

The R.I.S.E. Network which stands for “Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower” is a scholar’s empowerment network that provides Black and Latino freshman students with skill-based development, support and opportunities to enhance their overall academic career at St. John’s University. The goal of the program is to retain Black and Latino students all four years of undergraduate study at St. John’s.

“It’s important for students to connect with one another and faculty to be able to get to know each other. I believe in the power of mentoring and the opportunities to impact lives through mentoring,” Sharod Tomlinson, Director of Student Development and R.I.S.E. Mentoring, said. “The energy of others is so rich and the wealth of knowledge people have make this program a great opportunity for students focusing on succeeding academically and socially.”

Leonard Breton, Associate Director of Student Development and R.I.S.E. Mentoring, spoke on the fact that R.I.S.E. is not meant to be geared towards only Black and Latino students.

“R.I.S.E. isn’t exclusive -that’s not the purpose of what we do,” Breton said. “If you look at the statistics, Black and Latino students are the most at risk out of all demographics for not completing college. St. John’s is trying to be proactive and target that population to increase retention rates in that demographic.”

R.I.S.E. is open to everyone and is a place for all students, according to Breton. Mentors learn the basics of mentoring and how to be effective leaders not only in the St. John’s community, but also in the real world.

“I signed up for R.I.S.E. because I feel that it will provide me with great opportunities to network with other students,” Jasmine Batacon, a freshman, said. “Also, I want to grow not only as a person and a student, but learn a lot from my mentor.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of St. John's University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

We love comments and feedback, but we ask that you please be respectful in your responses.
All The Torch Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *