The Deaton Scholars Program (DSP)

The Deaton Scholars Program (DSP) is a flagship peer mentorship initiative. Deaton Institute Students Advisory Group (SAG) has begun strategic planning to launch the first phase of the DSP in Spring semester 2017. The objective of this scholar’s program is to strategically match bright and/or outstanding young leaders to improve directed student engagement; professional development; civic and community life; and academic mentorship. The core values of DSP will be framed around socio-cultural and transdisciplinary domains. Matches must have a developmental focus, rather than an instructive or prescriptive approach.

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The DSP Strategic Plan:

  1. Grow a distinguished cohort of Deaton Scholars.
  2. Measurable development in scholar’s requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) – pre and post DSP.
  3. Increase sustainable student engagement at MU.
  4. Increase Scholar’s competency and self-efficacy, grades and academic achievement, Prosocial behavior and attitudes.
  5. Increase Scholar’s aptitude for future public service leadership positions in domains that span international development, global food security, elimination of extreme poverty, health and nutrition, higher education, and non-profit management.

What Is The DSP? DSP pairs selected volunteers based on set criteria, to serve as positive role models to selected mentees. Both mentor and mentee are referred to as Deaton Scholars and would be selected through a competitive process. Over time, meaningful and harmonized interactions between students can improve academic motivation, professional development, and community involvement. The DSP will strengthen and sustain students in meeting personal, scholastic, and professional goals.

What Is Peer-Mentoring? Mentoring consists of strategically selected activities that seek to enrich student’s opportunities to be successful at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mentoring activities link students with a concerned and capable mentor who will listen, understand, negotiate, and encourage students to utilize all resources available to achieve an outlined set of mentorship objectives. Mentees will get tailor-made growth opportunities to include activities that require the mentee to develop new skills or hone existing ones.

Who Should Get Involved? The DSP is highly recommended for all students i.e. undergraduate and graduate, international and domestic, as well as students who are genuinely interested in learning techniques and approaches to becoming distinguished in academia and in the community. The program is designed for participants to creatively self-direct the process of mentorship after pairings have been established. Various activities will be planned throughout the semester to allow mentors to constructively interact with their mentees.

Who Is a Mentor? Mentors are experienced students who volunteer to assist in the DSP because of their genuine interest in the educational and personal advancement of fellow students. They function as positive role models.

Who is a Mentee? The mentee is the student who needs to absorb the mentor’s knowledge and have the ambition and desire to know what to do with this knowledge. As a Deaton Scholar, the mentee needs to practice and demonstrate what has been learned.

DSP Requirement – All MU students are eligible to participate in DSP. However, students would be selected to participate based on set criteria. Otherwise, participation is voluntary. However, to be eligible for DSP, participants must complete the Application Package and submit all requirements. Upon review of your application, the program coordinator will review your application and select a mentor/mentee pairing based on specific credentials. Once you become selected, there are activities and presentations organized to assist you. Scholars would be required to complete an Evaluation Report at the end of the program.

Benefits of DSP

  • Benefits to Mentors
    • To share one’s knowledge and experiences.
    • To enhance self-esteem and competencies.
    • To support younger students with similar interests in development
    • To meet educational, leadership, professional and scholarship goals.
    • To gain recognition for service to the protégés and the University
    • To enjoy the feeling of being useful and supportive.
    • Increase cross-cultural understanding.
    • A meaningful resume entry and certificate of participation.
  • Benefits to Protégés
    • To learn more about the University and the community
    • To build self-esteem and competencies
    • To enhance self-motivation, self-discipline and goal setting
    • To be more successful in one’s academic career
    • To be motivated by academic success.
    • Increase cross-cultural understanding.
    • A meaningful resume entry and certificate of participation.
  • Benefits to University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Increase student retention and engagement.
    • Curricular and extra-curricular support for international and minority students.
    • Increase cross-cultural understanding.
    • Improve student rapport.
    • Improve campus climate.