Lead the Way: Make An Impact on First-Year Management Undergraduates

Management undergraduates students sitting at table in the Leadership, Learning and Community Center.

Be more than a mentor: Lead by example to share practical information, offer support, and engage these new management students as they start their academic journey at UB.

Project description

As a UB management undergraduate, you joined an academic program of study as well as a community of students who are learning concepts and practices used to manage business operations. A cornerstone of success, at both a personal or organizational level, is the opportunity for individuals to learn from others, share with others, and serve others. As a second-year management students you will help welcome, engage and share information that will help our new first-year management students as they adjust to the first-semester of their college experience.

Project outcome

Students create a minimum of 3 creative, digital presentations and 2 in-person mentoring opportunities that will be promoted and shared particularly within the first six week of the semester.

These deliverables will included but are not be limited to:

  • Share technology tips to help first-year students navigate one of the many UB systems or tools to manage their academics and success
  • Promote the importance of creating a personal network by suggesting ways or sharing personal experiences on about how to get involved or meet others at UB or within the School of Management or in the community
  • Suggest tips and strategies for first-year success that may include using or finding campus resources, and well as establishing practical habits and a mindset that promotes healthy peer relationships, reduces feeling of isolation, and ways to gain self-confidence in new or unfamiliar learning experiences
  • Organize a community service project or initiative that calls first-year management to work together to support a non-profit organization. This initiative might also include the entire SOM community to come together. Even if small in scope, this would be a mandatory deliverable. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester
Start time Fall (August/September)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid
Level of collaboration Flexible
Benefits Volunteer experience, chance to mentor peers and gain or apply leadership experience or skills
Who is eligible Management undergraduates with a 3.0 or higher UB GPA and second-year students, preferably students who earned a certificate of completion from the Emerging Leader program are encouraged to apply skills and leadership lessons learned from the program

Core partners

Students could work and collaborate with the director of the Leadership, Learning and Community Center to host any in-person peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities and also could communicate with the management academic advisors, the management success coach, Career Resource Center as well as target MG course instructors (in MGG 199 or 150 for example) to share or promote their deliverables/activities with first-year management students. There may also be an opportunity for additional mentoring-the-mentor with leaders within the School of Management community. 

Project mentor

Loreta Vukadin

Director - Leadership, Learning and Community Center

School of Management

Phone: (716) 645-9200

Email: lgenco@buffalo.edu

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Leadership, Management Major, Mentorship, Community Service, School of Management