Retention & Success


STRIDE group 2015
The 2015 STRIDE participants gather in the Multicultural House

Students Together Reaching for Individual Development and Education, is a peer-mentoring program designed to support first-year multicultural students with their adjustment to Davidson College. STRIDE offers academic, cultural, and social support as well as vital information to aid students in understanding and working effectively within the college community. STRIDE tackles the emotional and social issues that come with attending college as a diverse student while building relationships across the college.

Pre-college enrichment occurs the three days before the college's general orientation and pairs multicultural students with an upperclass peer mentor. STRIDE participants begin the semester with an established peer group and a foundation for academic and social success. The program is offered at no additional costs to students. Students who register for STRIDE move into their assigned residence hall at the start of pre-college enrichment.

Peer mentors assist in the facilitation of the pre-college enrichment program and serve as a resource for first year students throughout the academic year. Peer mentors are paired with their mentees using the registration information that STRIDE applicants include about themselves.

You do not have to participate in pre-college enrichment to become involved with STRIDE. At the beginning of spring semester, a mid-year retreat brings STRIDE students and all multicultural students together to evaluate their first semester. Every month, the mentors choose an academic, community service, cultural or social activity for all multicultural students to enjoy and stay connected with each other.

Posse Foundation

color photo of Posse students in Davidson shirts with President Quillen
Inaugural Davidson Posse Miami Scholars with President Quillen.

As a proud partner college of the Posse Foundation, Davidson selects 10 students (out of 1,000+ applicants), through a collaborative and dynamic assessment process, from the greater Miami-Dade area to take part in the organization's STEM Program. The Posse Foundation recruits, trains, and supports Posse Scholars interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Posse STEM Program, which includes six additional institutions that recruit Posses from other cities, offers scholars traditional Posse programming plus a two-week summer immersion program, a STEM faculty mentor, and research and internship opportunities in STEM fields.

Minority Association for Premedical Students (MAPS)

MAPS seeks to provide an encouraging and productive outlet for pre-health professional students to participate in community service within the surrounding communities, academic growth through weekend and late-night study sessions and discussions with invited guest speakers and about important medical topics.