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Affinity-Based & Peer Mentorship Programs Under Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment

Peer Mentorship Programs

B.O.S.S. (Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service 

B.O.S.S. (Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service)

B.O.S.S. aims to foster healthy and genuine relationships between upperclassmen and underclassmen women of color, promote positive social interactions within the community of women on campus, encourage high academic and personal standards, provide access to helpful campus resources, and inspire community involvement and commitment to service.

S.W.A.G. (Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate) 

Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (S.W.A.G.)

Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (S.W.A.G) is a male student-run mentorship that focuses on increasing the graduation and retention of male-identified students of color on Cornell's campus. S.W.A.G. strives to strengthen the black male community by fostering a collaborative and supportive environment, consequently promoting the highest levels of educational attainment for black males on campus.

For information on how to support B.O.S.S. or S.W.A.G.'s programming or initiatives, please contact Patricia Gonzalez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment at

Kessler Scholars Mentoring Program

The Kessler Presidential Scholars Mentoring Program empowers first-year incoming Kessler Presidential scholars to succeed academically, socially, personally, and professionally. Through mentorship with upper-level students, scholars will directly connect with resources and experiences that will increase their cultural and social capital, assist in their transition to Cornell University, and enhance their opportunities to thrive at Cornell University. By building strong and trustworthy peer-mentoring relationships, scholars will develop a stronger sense of belonging and community within the University that will serve as a foundation for their collegiate careers.

"My Kessler mentor was the best emotional support system. At the beginning of my semester I wasn’t comfortable speaking with many of my friends about the difficulties of college and my mentor was always there to help me. She gave me great advice on academics and how excel at Cornell." Olivia Gurfinkiel, 2023 Kessler Presidential Scholar
Learn more about the Kessler Presidential Scholars Program and meet this year's Peer Mentors!