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Middle Eastern Mentoring Program

The Middle Eastern Mentoring Program (MEMP) is a student-run and MSS-sponsored peer mentoring program that pairs first year students (first-years and transfers) who identify as Middle Eastern/North African/Central Asia (and any affiliated cultural identities) with upperclass mentors.

Get Involved

All incoming students who identify as Middle Eastern will be contacted in the summer regarding engagement opportunities and events at the beginning of the year. Within the first few weeks of classes, MEMP holds a variety events to build community among mentors and potential mentees and to help incoming students in their transition to the U.Va. community. Before September ends, MEMP exec board will match interested mentees to mentors based on a variety of factors like academic and social interests, hobbies, leadership, etc.

Upperclass students will have the opportunity to become a mentor through an application process around February in order to be a mentor for the upcoming school year. All are welcome to apply to become a mentor, regardless of cultural identity, but we expect that incoming mentors will be able to connect with mentees regarding transition to the university within the lens of being Middle Eastern. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, look out for an application on this page in February.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us either through Assistant Director, Marc Paulo Guzman ( or contacting the MEMP Exec at