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About Mentoring

At Carolina, we believe in the power of positive peer influence and cultivating a legacy of excellence. Our peer mentor programs work to build community, provide awareness and exposures to resources, bridge the gaps between home and the college experience, foster holistic student development, and create an environment where students feel safe and supported. All our programs focus on ensuring the transition into the Carolina family is seamless and fun through specialized curriculum and individualized attention.

Our Programs

Renwick Fellows

Based on the legacy of the Minority Advisory Program, The Renwick Fellows program aims to help all first-year students explore identity and social justice as it relates to their transition to Carolina. The Minority Advisory Program was established in 1973 by Dean Hayden B. Renwick to assist first-year minority students with their adjustment to the Carolina environment. Renwick Fellows takes this initiative into the current day, assisting first-year students during their transition to Carolina, fostering cultural competency, and increasing a sense of belonging for students from underrepresented backgrounds.


The HeelGuides program pairs first-generation, first-year students with successful upperclassmen in our first-generation community. HeelGuides provide academic, professional, and personal development support to students during their transition from high school to college.

Our Team

Hannah Ford, Peer Mentoring Coordinator, (919) 962-2185

Located in Student Academic Services Building (SASB) North / Suite 0118

Hannah is a Texas native and proud alum of the University of Houston, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology, and New York University, where she earned her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is passionate about mentoring and leadership, having served as a peer mentor and overseen several mentorship programs at UH and NYU. Hannah is excited to join the Tar Heel family and ensure first-year students have a seamless transition to Carolina!