BOND Program

Beginning Our New Direction

RISE mentors assisting with Move In Fall 2023

BOND—Beginning Our New Direction—is a four-day program for new Longwood students from traditionally and historically underrepresented and underserved communities. The four days lead naturally into New Lancer Days, the college transition program that all new Longwood students participate in before classes start.

The program includes:

  • Community building
  • Introduction to key buildings and landmarks on campus
  • Introductions to faculty and staff
  • Setting goals and mapping college success
  • Candid conversations with current Longwood students who are members of multicultural organizations

BOND Peer Mentor program

The BOND Peer Mentor program is designed to assist incoming first-year underrepresented student populations in their transition to college and to create an environment that provides support and resources to increase their sense of belonging and engagement with the university, which will result in supporting retention efforts.

Interested in becoming a BOND peer mentor?

Mentors gain leadership development opportunities, networking, and intercultural engagement.

Any current freshman, sophomore, or junior student may apply to serve as a peer mentor.  The qualifications for participating as a mentor include:

  • having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
  • good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • involvement in campus and/or community activities;
  • commitment to making a difference in the lives of their mentees, dependability, and a positive attitude.

Students interested in serving as peer mentors are expected to commit to the program for the entire academic year.

If you have any questions, please contact Quincy Goodine at