Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP)

What is MAPP?

For over 20 years, the Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP) has been a premier first-year mentoring program that has served thousands of underrepresented first-year students through 1-on-1 support, academic advisement, career development, cultural exploration, and community engagement. Each first-year mentee is paired with an upperclass student who is dedicated to providing continual support and will provide programmatic opportunities.

Who participates in MAPP?

Students who are part of MAPP represent a broad cross-section of the underrepresented student population at JHU. Students of Color, first-generation college students (if you are the first in your family to go to college), limited/modest income background students, students with disabilities, and international students mentor and support one another through first-hand interactions. Each year, the MAPP family is comprised of mentees, mentors, and a core leadership team, making the program 50–60 students!


MAPP Mentees are expected to:

  • Attend MAPP Pre-Orientation on August 16–19, 2023.
  • Engage in one-on-one mentoring sessions, and academic and social events for approximately 20 hours per semester.
  • Keep in contact with their mentor at least once a week via text, email, phone call, video chat, or in-person meeting for at least 30 minutes.
  • Inform MAPP Mentor if they have any major questions or issues during the first-year experience at Hopkins.
  • Notify the Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Education and Retention if they are not satisfied with the mentoring relationship at any point during the first year.
  • Participate in mid-year and end-of-year evaluations of the program.

Mentee Applications

MAPP Mentee applications are submitted through Hopkins Groups and reviewed every summer. MAPP Mentee applications have closed for the 2023-24 academic year. Mentees will be finalized by July 2023.


MAPP Mentors represent a variety of majors, and range in class standing from sophomores to seniors. Mentors must be in good academic and institutional standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Mentors are selected and trained to support students dealing with many first-year experiences that shape what is, for many, the most formative year in college. This is an opportunity designed to build your skillset as exceptional student leaders and work closely with CDI staff.

MAAP Mentors are expected to:

  • Attend mandatory in-person MAPP Mentor Training on August 11–15, 2023.
  • Attend mandatory in-person MAPP Pre-Orientation on August 16–19, 2023.
  • Meet with and guide 5 mentees once per two weeks (phone, video chat, or in-person meeting) as they transition to Hopkins in the 2023–24 academic year.
  • Attend weekly MAPP Mentor in-person meetings; date, time, and location to be determined.
  • Coordinate family meetings (on or off campus). A MAPP family is defined to be a pair of mentors and their mentees totaling 12 students.
    • Monthly family dinners
    • Semesterly off-campus family social

Mentor and mentee engagement should include the following:

  • Practicing active listening
  • Supporting mentees and offering reassurance when experiences become difficult or overwhelming
  • Advising mentees on complex situations that may not have a single answer or approach
  • Recommending advice or campus resources that may be of support to the mentees
  • Sharing experiences, telling stories, and offering insights that can benefit mentees
  • Modeling professional behavior
  • Guiding mentees through the learning landscape of their particular experience and teaching people things that cannot be taught in a classroom setting
  • Providing opportunities to discuss, engage, challenge, and expose mentees about topics surrounding diversity
  • Attend 1 academic or social event/workshop with each mentee each semester
  • Collaborate with campus resources for ongoing MAPP Mentor Meetings
  • Support with setting up and breaking down MAPP events
  • Other duties as assigned

Mentor Applications

MAPP Mentor applications are submitted through SMILE and reviewed every spring semester. MAPP Mentor applications have closed for the 2023–24 academic year. Mentors will be finalized by July 2023.

Program Features

Connect 1-on-1: Connect personally with another JHU student
Explore JHU and Baltimore: Learn more about student organizations and campus resources at JHU and the local community
Build community: Be part of a larger network within and outside of MAPP

Why is MAPP important?

  • MAPP mentees are connected to current upperclass students, who help them identify various campus resources for their success.
  • MAPP mentors are trained leaders on campus who integrate core pillars of diversity and inclusion.
  • More than 90% of MAPP affiliates believe racial and ethnic diversity is important to them.

If you have any questions about being a mentor, mentee, or the program at large, please contact Stephanie Mathew ( or contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 410-516-8730.