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IMPACT Peer Mentoring Program

The University of Mississippi’s Persistence and Completion Together (IMPACT) program was established in 2021 with a grant from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation. The program seeks to improve outcomes for collegiate Mississippians by increasing access to one-on-one coaching from professional success coaches and peer mentors, providing funding for participants to take advantage of engaging learning opportunities, and assisting participants with complete grants to help reduce financial barriers to staying in school. 

IMPACT functions as a partnership between the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement (CICCE), Center for Student Success and First Year Experience, Office of College Programs, and the Office of the Provost that seeks to support the success of participating students. 

The IMPACT Peer Mentoring Program, administered by the CICCE provides peer mentoring to sophomore students. Upperclassmen mentors work with their respective mentoring cohorts through weekly one-on-one meetings, workshops, and email communications to provide support and strategies to help students navigate college’s academic and social environment. 

For more information about the peer mentoring program, please contact Breanna Foreman, Graduate Assistant for IMPACT Peer Mentoring Program, at


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2021-2021 Peer Mentors

Frederick (Fred) Tidwell

Social Work



Catherine Min

Economics and Mathematics / Minor: Korean 

Olive Branch, MS


Emily Cain


Psychology and Criminal Justice  (Emphasis in Homeland Security) / Minor in Legal Studies 

Florence, MS


Falicia Summers

Allied Health and Psychology 

Jackson, MS


Devan Williams 

Political Science, Economics


Jireh Walker 

Secondary Education

Olive Branch, MS / Memphis, TN


Vonkervius (Von) Jackson 

Political Science

Indianola, Mississippi 


Katelyn McKinney 

Integrated Marketing Communications and General Business

Corinth, MS


Annie Haynes 

Dietetics & Nutrition with Hospitality Management Minor

Lewisburg, TN