Exploring Vocational Mentorship: A Method to Improve Graduation Rates among Disenfranchised Students

Author: Marcelle Daniels

As Cal State San Bernardino's Director (CSUSB) of Services to Students with Disabilities and Workability IV, I led the design and implementation of the Coyote Career Network (CCN), an empirically based program that intentionally pairs students with disabilities with CSUSB faculty, staff, and alumni that have agreed to serve as mentors. The California Department of Rehabilitation noted the CCN as a replicable best practice model. As a prior Director at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, El Paso, I created the award-winning Double T Health Service Corps comprised of a unique blend of pre-health and current health professional students, which facilitated health education and mentor health career development in a service-learning environment. The Discovery Channel featured the Double T's on a segment on innovative programming. As a non-profit healthcare executive, I was awarded six National Institutes of Health grants for HIV prevention evidence-based projects for community organizations.