Mentorship project - towards an Italian network of inclusive universities

Mentorship Project
Mentorship - diversity is our strenght
What is about?

The project "Mentorship in Italian Universities - Youth-to-youth support for the integration of students with different backgrounds" is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior - Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration.

The pilot phase of the Mentorship initiative –Towards a Network of Inclusive Italian Universities –  saw the creation of students committees in 3 Italian universities, Including the University of Milano-Bicocca,  followed by a needs assessment  and a mapping exercise aimed at outline gaps and strengths of services offered to foreign students. Activities to present the project and individual support activities were also organized. The project has now grown and currently involves a network of 10 inclusive universities: Università di Roma La Sapienza,  Università degli Studi di Padova, Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Università di Pisa, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università di Milano Bicocca, Università di degli Studi di Sassari, Università degli Studi di Palermo.

On the basis of previous project experiences, useful materials and guidelines have been developed to support the creation of mentorship schemes in academic contexts.

The Mentorship project goals
  • Encourage the creation of university mentorship schemes supporting the social and academic inclusion of students with migratory background and refugees;
  • Encourage the role of young people and students as active agents of inclusion and multiculturalism;
  • Integrate approaches and best practices into a useful toolkit to be used by universities, encouraging sharing and dialogue.
Mentorship Contacts

To get in touch with our mentors or to recieve information regarding Mentorship Projcet activities you can write to: [email protected]