NCICU’s iBELONG Mentoring Program provides funding to implement a strategy designed to increase persistence, retention and/or graduation rates of at-risk students on campus through programmatic efforts to mentor, to coach and to make forums available for the students to explore various career opportunities. The project was initially funded by a $27,500 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges which was matched, in large part by the VF Foundation and Wells Fargo. Thirteen campuses participate in the program: Brevard College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Davidson College, Elon University, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, High Point University, Livingstone College, North Carolina Wesleyan University, and Queens University of Charlotte.

Grant funds support:
Project Director
Campus Stipend
Participant scholarships ($250)
Purchase of materials such as “The Mentor’s Toolkit for Career Conversations”
Peer Tutoring

Etiquette dinner
Career research program
Campus meetings and capstone meeting of participants from all campuses

2023 Student Conference

A conference for all iBELONG program participants was held Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 2023 at Livingstone College.



Ashley C. Bodie, Assistant Director for Exploration & Experiential Learning
Raquel Dailey, Associate Director for Inclusion and International Career Development, Davidson College
Ervin V. Griffin, President Emeritus, Halifax Community Colleges
Crystal Moses, Owner/Consultant, Moses Consulting
Roderick T. Heath, Founder, The Higher Education Black Male Collective, LLC
Warren Gene Hoskins II, Psychotherapist and Owner, Peace of Mind Psychological Services


Ashley Bodie, Davidson College
Warche Downing, Greensboro College
Brandon Floyd, High Point University
Travella Free, Elon University
Orlando Lewis, Livingstone College