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Mission Statement

The mission of the Bepko Learning Center is to enhance the opportunities for undergraduate students to achieve educational goals and to assist in their development of academic skills through the guidance of more experienced, highly successful student peers. Collaborative learning, role modeling, peer interaction, and peer support play key parts in this process. To assist students in realizing their full academic potential, the Bepko Learning Center houses three offices: the Office of Academic Enrichment, the Office of Academic Mentoring, and the Office of Tutorial Support.

Bepko Learning Center

The Bepko Learning Center of IUPUI (formerly called the Student Mentor and Resource Center) is the culmination of the vision and courage of Dr. Herman Blake, Dr. Scott Evenbeck, Dr. William Plater, and Tonja Eagan. The program began in August 1991 based on the philosophies of supplemental instruction developed by Dr. Deanna Martin from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Supplemental instruction is based on the premise that students can play a key role in the academic development of their peers by being role models, by applying collaborative learning techniques, and by facilitating the group experience related to the course material.

The general philosophy of “students helping students,” which acknowledges that a powerful partnership for student success can be created through the collaborative efforts of peer mentors and support faculty, has been used to adapt and expand mentoring activities beyond its origins with supplemental instruction. This approach recognizes the need to identify high-risk courses, work around the complex schedules of mentors and students, and engage the cooperation of discipline faculty. Mentors are students who excel in the educational process, model “good” student characteristics, and care about the struggles and successes of those who strive to learn. As the program continues to grow and to improve, enhancing the dynamic interaction between mentors, faculty, and the students they both serve is of paramount concern.

National Mentoring Symposium

The National Mentoring Symposium is a one-day national conference for students who work as peer mentors in various capacities. This event allows for peer mentoring programs from around the nation to come together for personal and professional development. Peer mentors, program staff, and faculty will enhance their skills and increase their understanding of strategic methods to mentor students. 

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Contact Information

Bepko Learning Center

Division of Undergraduate Education
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Taylor Hall, Second Floor
815 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-4818

ucolblc@iupui.edu