Mentorship

Need help emailing your professors?

Dow Council has created several templates to aid some tough conversations you may need to have with your professors. You can also email us for suggestions for more templates or to schedule a 1 on 1 session with a Dow Council member if more support is needed. 

Some advice:

  • Try not to wait until it's the last-minute issue

  • Decide whether you want to speak in person/virtual(in which case an email simply asking for a meeting is preferable) or start the conversation via email

  • Be prepared to accept a negative response and try to see the professor's side

 

Before you start:

  • Be VERY clear on (1) how your issue is affecting your academic performance, (2) what you are seeking, and (3) how this would help you in the course or personal life.

  •  In the email, you will have to clearly lay out your reasoning — do lots of thinking ahead of time so that you can be CLEAR and CONCISE (clear both in terms of writing but also logic!)

TEMPLATE TYPE

PERSONAL ISSUES THAT AFFECT YOUR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Description DESCRIPTION

File

TIME ZONE DIFFERENCES

BIAS EXPERIENCED IN CLASSROOM SETTINGS

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE

Use this template if you are currently undergoing any personal issues that may be hindering your ability to perform well in class.

Use this template if you are in another time zone and need accommodations with due dates and class attendance.

Use this template if you are experiencing racial, gender, religious, etc bias in the classroom amongst peers or your professor. (Do not be afraid to address these matters with your professors first because they may be unaware of their biases).

Use this template if you are currently undergoing any personal issues that may be hindering your ability to perform well in class.

Still need help?

Bias Data Gathering System(BDGS)

The BDGS serves to gather information about the K communities' biases. It will collect information regarding preconceived negative preferences, inclinations, or attitudes about groups of people. 

Title IX Report Form

Before you contact the Title IX coordinator consider contacting your advisor first. Use this form to report incidents of sexual harassment or assault in violation of the Kalamazoo College Harassment Policy or the Student Code of Conduct.

Schedule a meeting with a Dow Council member

Schedule a meeting with a member to discuss what course of action you want to take. Click the face :)

Send an email to the associate provost.

The associate provost should only be contacted when none of the above strategies are helping.

Phone: 269.337.7156
Email: katie.maclean@kzoo.edu 

Counciling services

The Kalamazoo College Counseling Center offers a wide range of services including individual and group counseling, as well as outreach programming, and training opportunities.