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The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) staff and peer mentors invite incoming first-year students to register for the M.E.L.T. Mentoring Program. MELT stands for Match, Empower, Learn, and Teach. Its purpose is to create a caring mentoring partnership between mentors (current sophomore, juniors, and seniors) and mentees (first-year students who are first in their immediate families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students). This program is sponsored and coordinated by CSDI. 


Register Today for a Mentor Here


The goal of MELT is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional, and social adjustment, and personal development. This happens by training peer mentors to assist mentees in developing:


  • Confidence and positive attitudes about learning

  • Respecting and involving mentees in decisions about their education and learning process

  • Supporting and praising mentees for their efforts rather than criticizing them

  • Seeking to understand the psychological, emotional, and physical problems that may cause historically underrepresented students to have difficulty at John Carroll


Register Today for a Mentor Here

More information about what CSDI provides and testimonials about MELT can be found on our Instagram page (@jcucsdi). Questions about MELT or anything regarding CSDI can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you and helping in any way that we can.

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The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion develops programs to educate the entire campus community on issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. At the same time, we provide services and support for students from historically underrepresented populations.

The Center nurtures a sense of belonging for students from diverse backgrounds and encourages them to participate actively in their curricular and co-curricular learning, including campus and community organizations, leadership opportunities, and intercultural experiences. In collaboration with other University departments, the Center coordinates programs and services that foster an inclusive campus environment, promote a welcoming and just University community, and encourage and value the contributions and perspectives of all students.

  • To provide campus-wide programs that further all students’ development of cultural competence and respect for diversity and social justice.
  • To develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services that support historically underrepresented students in their personal development and transition throughout their John Carroll University experiences.
  • To provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented students that focus on engagement in campus and community organizations.
  • To identify, examine, and recommend organizational changes that remove barriers to inclusion and promote student success.

We are located in Suite 202 in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, above the University Bookstore.

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Phone: 216.397.4185


Instagram: @jcucsdi

Twitter: @jcucsdi

Facebook: @jcucsdi

Students at MELT Program at Fall Retreat

Match. Empower. Learn. Teach. Peer Mentoring Program

MELT creates a caring partnership between mentors (current students) and mentees (students who are first in their families to go to college, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students).

Students at CSDI Lounge cultural program.

Cultural Student Organizations

CSDI advises most cultural student organizations on campus.

Students, staff, and faculty at Pride March

Educational Events and Opportunities

CSDI provides a variety of educational programs to support the University’s goal of fostering an inclusive community.