The purpose of RTE is to support the transfer student population as they transition to UTSA to complete their Bachelor’s Degree. RTE seeks to develop and support a UTSA institution-wide culture that actively recognizes, encourages, and supports the Transfer Student population. The programs developed within RTE hope to positively impact transfer student retention and graduation rates.
RTE features a transfer-student mentorship program that incorporates Peer to Peer Mentorship. Through regular meetings with Peer Mentors, students build on the assets they bring with them from their previous institution while gaining the knowledge to navigate the new university setting and all that it offers here at UTSA. The Mentee, Peer Mentor and First-Gen & Transfer Student Center (FGTSC) Staff form a community of support, with the mentee at its core, called a Familia.
The Familia offers support to navigate college life from a variety of different angles. Mentees have the unique opportunity to connect and build meaningful and long lasting relationships with their peer mentor, fellow mentees and the FGTSC Staff. These connections are pivotal for students and aid them in building an extended network on campus.
The Peer Mentors are sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level students and are appointed to serve on a semester by semester basis. They are assigned a caseload of first-generation students and meet with them in one-on-one meetings or in groups to build a connection, share updates and announcements and attending university programming together.