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Connecting4Success (C4S) is a mentorship program designed to support incoming first-generation (FG) students as they transition to the University of Windsor. A Ministry-funded program, it is intended to increase retention of FG students, who tend to be at greater risk of attrition than their peers. Students who use the C4S program receive one-on-one support from an upper-year student in their program of study. Participants are invited to attend academic workshops and social events throughout the academic year. 

C4S is an inclusive program for all faculties. It focuses on both the academic and social transitions that FG students make in their first year at university.

Any first-year student can be referred to C4S, at which point they will be a connected with a mentor in their program.

What is a first-generation student?

An FG student is a student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) has/have not attended a postsecondary institution. If a student’s sibling has attended a postsecondary institution but his or her parent(s) has/have not, the student is still considered FG.

How can a student sign up to receive a mentor?

First-year students can visit the C4S website and click on the application link on the homepage.

Does C4S offer any additional programming?

C4S hosts a variety of workshops and social events throughout the academic year. All workshops and events are free to all C4S mentors and mentees.

Past workshops have included Skills To Enhance Personal Success topics (i.e. “Taming the Chaos,” “Study Smarter, Not Harder,” and “Exam Strategies”), career-related workshops, writing bootcamps, and more.

Past social events include bowling, trips to Colasanti’s Tropical Garden and Point Pelee, and an annual on-campus meet-and-greet event. These events help students build connections to the University campus and Windsor-Essex community.


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