Shipley Black Alumni Association Mentoring Program
Hakiem Coles ’07
When I heard about the Black Alumni Association’s intentions to start a mentoring program with Shipley’s current black students, I was immediately excited for the potential of this initiative. The black experience at Shipley is unique, and I thought this program could serve as a beacon of light for current students to show them that there are more people like them in society than they realize. I think it is very important for students to be able to reach out to alumni with similar experiences of their own, and the mentorship program has provided a direct line of communication and support for these students.
I have been meeting with my mentee Sabrina Imes '22 on a monthly basis to speak about life, her aspirations, and how we can work together to ensure that she is putting herself in the best position for success beyond her days at Shipley. I have never been a mentor before, and I have taken the building of this relationship very seriously. These conversations have been mutually beneficial because Sabrina knows that she has someone else in her corner besides her parents/family, while allowing me to pour back into the community that has been a blessing to my life since I arrived on the campus in 2001.
Building a relationship with a mentee in the middle of a pandemic is definitely something that has been different, but Shipley has always taught me to embrace and make the best of any situation in front of me. I am so thankful to have been paired with such an intelligent and ambitious individual and I look forward to being one of her biggest fans in life as she continues to strive for greatness.
If an African American student would like to be paired with a Black Alumni Association mentor, please reach out to Shipley's Alumni Office. Thanks to the Co-Chairs of our mentoring program, Jasmine Powell ’18, Kareemah Parker ’11, and Corrine Gaston ’10!
Hakiem Coles ’07 Member, Black Alumni Association Governing Body
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