ALANA Mentoring Program

ALANA Mentoring Program

Created as a mentoring program for African American, Latino, Asian/Asian American, and Native American students, ALANA was founded in 1994 at Brown University. ALANA fosters meaningful interaction between students of color and mentors of color (staff, graduate/medical students, and alumni) to provide support, guidance and resources for these students. The program begins in a first-year student’s second semester and carries through to the end of the student’s sophomore year. View brochure HERE.

What is the role of an ALANA mentor?

A mentor can serve many functions in the lives of students; mentors have been described by their students as role models, confidantes, friends, teachers, and advisors.

How do I get involved as a mentee?

Students may apply online to become ALANA mentees at the end of the Fall Semester; a link to the application form will be sent to all self-identifying ALANA students. Students will be matched to mentors for the beginning of the Spring Semester; we will make as many matches as possible based on mentor/mentee preferences. Mentors and mentees will meet each other at a reception held in late January after students have returned to campus.

If you would like to sign up to become an ALANA mentee, please fill out the ALANA 2017-2018 Mentee Information Form by Friday, January 12, 2017.

How do I become a mentor?

If you would like to sign up to become an ALANA mentor, please fill out the ALANA 2017-2018 Mentor Information Form by Wednesday, December 13, 2017. If you know of any other staff members, alumni, or graduate students whom you think would be great ALANA mentors, you can nominate them by emailing [email protected].

What events does ALANA hold?

ALANA organizes events throughout the academic year for mentors and mentees to share ideas and connect with one another.  These events include a holiday party in December, semi-annual receptions, and an end of the year barbeque.

What do ALANA mentees have to say about the ALANA program?

“The ALANA program helped me so much in adjusting to college life at Brown.”

“ALANA was one of the highlights of my freshman year.”

“Interacting with senior members of the university at [a personal and academic level] was very helpful in adjusting to college life.”


For information about the ALANA Mentoring Program, contact Anthony Mam at [email protected] or Dean Maitrayee Bhattacharyya '91 at [email protected].