About the Buddy System

The Multicultural Center is proud to host the Buddy System Peer Mentoring Program! The Buddy System was created in order to connect incoming freshman and transfer students to the University of North Texas by matching them with experienced upperclassmen as their mentors.

Mentorship programs are proven to help students ease the transition into college life, build their social and leadership skills, and ensure a steadier path towards graduation. The Buddy System is an excellent way for any student to help fulfill their academic and campus life needs and interests! It builds community, promotes student involvement, and encourages positive progress in their academic, social, and personal achievements.

Buddy System Programs are focused on 6 key areas:

  1. Academic
  2. Social
  3. Cultural
  4. Service
  5. Leadership
  6. Career Development

Some of our fun activities include game nights, community service projects, sporting events, study groups, and much more! We would love for you to participate with us!

Who can participate?

Buddy System is open to all UNT Students:

Facilitators: Facilitators primarily help the Student Services Coordinator in the Multicultural Center plan, promote and facilitate events throughout the year. All facilitators must apply by the deadline and must attend the Facilitator Retreat. Being a facilitator is a year long commitment.

Mentors: Mentors will be responsible for maintaining communication with their Mentee families and connecting them to resources and services that are available at UNT and in the Denton Community. Being a mentor is a year long commitment.

Mentees: Mentees are incoming freshman or transfer students who are looking to be connected to the UNT Community. All mentees must apply for the program.

Application Links

Our program is currently full but we will be accepting applications for Facilitators, Mentors and Mentees in the spring semester.

Mentor and Mentee Links

Facilitator and Mentor Application
Mentee Application

About BSE

Black Student Experience (BSE), was created to foster pride and promote academic success among the Black student population at UNT. Created in 2011, BSE is a weekend retreat that introduces incoming freshman and transfer students to leaders of the Black student population. This retreat is an opportunity for students to discover their campus involvement interests, become introduced to black faculty, staff, and alumni, and ideally begin or cultivate a path to become a leader themselves.

BSE participants leave the retreat with a better knowledge of the UNT resources available to them, a foundation that will prepare them to be successful at UNT and a community of support and family.

How to Get Involved

Coordinators: The Multicultural Center staff and a team of coordinators plan BSE trainings and the retreat weekend. All coordinators must apply by the deadline and be able to attend all trainings.

Facilitators: A group of student leaders will serve as cluster facilitators for the weekend retreat as well as for the on-campus retreat. They will facilitate all group activities during the retreat. All facilitators must apply by the deadline and be able to attend all trainings.

Participants: Freshman and Transfer students who are interested in attending BSE will be able to fill out the application during Freshman/Transfer orientations and will receive confirmation by August.

Who can attend the retreat?

The Black Student Experience is open to all UNT Students.

What does it cost?

Nothing! It is FREE for all incoming freshman/transfer students.

Student Testimonials

Justin Fiallos-UNT 18 (Public Relations Coordinator)

BSE in One Word: Influential

 

What is the most important message you received from BSE?
"Take advantage of your opportunities. You get four years to shape your academics, social life, and yourself. You grow and experience so much by surrounding yourself with the right people. BSE changed my outlook on how I approached college and life in general. Lastly, I’ve learned the value of building relationships and how to best utilize resources on campus."

Wesley Roberts-UNT 19 (Facilitator)

BSE in One Word: Growth

 

Why should people go to BSE?
"BSE is an opportunity to build a solid foundation so their college experience can be a great one. It’s our chance as black leaders to give back and guide incoming students on their path to success as well connect incoming students with each other."

Hekmet Ahmed-UNT 20 (2016 Participant)

BSE in One Word: Impactful

 

How has BSE shaped your UNT experience?
“I can’t really put in words how much I love BSE. Joining BSE has been the greatest decision I’ve made while at UNT. I have made a family that I will have forever, and it has literally made my college experience one that I will never forget.”

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