NSOE CAIRNS Mentorship Programming
This project team seeked to find the best ways for an environmental diversity mentoring program to serve undergraduate needs. In 2019, the Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) identified the need to increase diversity in undergraduate programming and responded by forming the NSOE Career and Academic Innovation and Research Network of Scholars (CAIRNS) Program. The NSOE wishes to attract underrepresented minorities and low-income undergraduates to participate in NSOE major, minor, and certificate programs. In order to reach these goals, the CAIRNS project team reviewed literature to determine how to pair mentors and mentees while providing structural recommendations for the mentorship program to foster academic, social, and professional support.