Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Thesis Director

Mona Y. Davenport

Thesis Committee Member

Michael D. Gillespie

Thesis Committee Member

Ken Wetstein


Mentoring is often described as a positively effective relationship socialized by a professor or faculty member that assists the student with academic and interpersonal endeavors (Lavant, Anderson, & Tiggs, 1997). Black males face many obstacles in higher education that limit their abilities to obtain resources such as mentorship. The purpose of the present qualitative study was to examine the impact of mentoring relationships for African American males enrolled at a predominately White university. This study sought to explore if mentoring had an impact on Black males, what effects does mentorship have, how they describe their mentoring relationships, and how satisfied are Black males with their mentoring relationships. The research captured the experience of four participants. Results showed that mentoring has multiple impacts on Black males during their undergraduate experience. These mentoring relationships provided the participants with guidance, confidence, professional development, and connections to resources that helped them to be more successful during their undergraduate experience.