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Bengal Connect


Bengal Connect is a mentorship program designed to establish meaningful connections between first-year students and University faculty and staff. All Idaho State students should know that someone at the University truly cares about their success and is available to help them navigate higher education. With first-year student retention in mind, the Bengal Connect program launched in Fall 2021. 

It is well documented that a lack of connections with others, including faculty and staff, will limit a student’s ability to navigate challenges and take advantage of helpful resources and services. 

At the University every day, many faculty and staff provide much-needed and critical support to Idaho State students. Bengal Connect is not meant to replace those meaningful interactions and critical support networks. Instead, this program engages more mentors in the process and supplements efforts already underway by many departments and programs. In Fall 2022, all first-year students will receive a Bengal Connect mentor.


Mentor Sign-Up Form


If you have questions about the program, please email

Faculty and Staff Mentors

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What if the mentees do not respond to mentors?