Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives

Mentorships and Connections 

The Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives is proud to offer a number of resources and additional ways to find connections, mentors, and assistance to students. Both the Building Connections Mentorship program and the Leatherneck Success Team offer fantastic ways for students to find additional people on campus who are focused on and committed to their success.   

Building Connections Student Mentorship Program

The Building Connections Mentorship program focuses on assisting students in their transition to Western Illinois University. Students are paired with faculty and staff members who facilitate individual meetings to discuss campus connections, resources, and more. 

Students taking University 100 will automatically be paired with a Building Connections Mentor. Any student may sign up for a Building Connections Mentor by clicking here and completing the request form.

Sign up for Building Connections Mentor button

If you have any questions about the Building Connections Mentorship program, contact our office.

Leatherneck Success Team

The Leatherneck Success Team (LST) is a group of students here at Western Illinois University who have a passion for mentoring fellow students. LST members are available four days a week to meet with their peers to discuss a variety of different topics including, but not limited to:

  • Time Management, Organization, and Prioritization 
  • Developing a Study Plan
  • Learning New Ways to Study and Take Notes
  • How to Navigate Syllabi and Talking to Professors
  • Discovering Campus Resources and How to Get Involved 
  • Having a Quiet Place to Study/A Study Partner
  • And more!


The overall goal of LST is to aid in the academic and success skill development of fellow Leathernecks.


Visit Us (no appointment necessary)

  • Multicultural Center, first floor l 3-6PM
  • Tanner Student Success Center, first floor l 6-9PM
    • Off men's side elevators
  • Bay-Henn Student Success Center, Underground l 6-9PM
    • Off Bayliss side elevators 


Please contact Laura Casey for questions or scheduling LST to present to your student organization or class.

Laura Casey, Graduate Assistant
Seal Hall 142
(309) 298-3328