UB NEAR Initiative

Dear UB Graduate Students,

I am Lisa Kulka, a graduate student in the Graduate School of Education. As we all know, graduate students often deal with major stressors and challenges in our lives that extend beyond our academic work (e.g., school/life balance, feelings of marginalization, deciphering academic norms and culture, etc.). Since last fall, I’ve been the Graduate Assistant on a new campus-wide faculty/student mentoring initiative, UB Network for Enriched Academic Relationships (UB NEAR).

UB NEAR is a transdisciplinary, online mentoring directory that UB graduate students can use to find mentors and allies from across the university. It was created by Dr. Laina Bay-Cheng at the School of Social Work along with partners from the Gender Institute, iSEED, and the Graduate Student Services Workgroup to support students in managing all the different parts of life as a graduate student. If you visit the UB NEAR Directory, you’ll find faculty from all over the university who have volunteered to discuss and consult with students about a wide range of issues and experiences. Students can look through the directory and then reach out to any faculty you wish.

In addition to the listing of faculty mentors, you will also find more information about the initiative at www.social-work.buffalo.edu/ubnear. You can also email sw-ubnear@buffalo.edu with any questions.