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Mentorship Program

O'More College of Architecture & Design

The O'More College's Advisory Board includes representatives from the three professional realms associated with our departments at the college, and others who are committed to design education and the broader aims/ideals of the college.

In August 2023 they will launch a mentorship program tailored to support students in architecture, interior design, and fashion design and merchandising, which will join small groups of students with local professionals, for regular meetings that will include guided conversations about the state of the profession and plenty of time for open conversation.

The mentorship program will provide students with a local Nashville practitioner and/or designer who is familiar with the aims and context of Belmont and the O'More College, providing a resource for navigating students' educational preparation and entry into the profession. The group arrangement is favored for fostering richer conversations during regular meetings and supporting peer mentoring and support on campus. The mentor will be available to talk and answer questions one on one as well.

This program will be open to students starting in the second year of their educational program and it is the intention that the mentor is making a multi-year commitment (as is the student) to the relationship, so the mentee and mentor will be linked through the program for the remainder of the student's time at Belmont. The first and last meetings of the program will occur on campus, starting with a big meet and greet in August. Beyond that, it's up to the mentor and mentee groups to arrange meeting times and places, which could occur at coffee joints, the professional's office, or whatever works for them!

It is important to note, that while the mentorship program will be primarily administered by the Advisory Board and will therefore have a presence largely off campus, the Board's program leaders will liaise with the college's Assistant to the Dean, Emily Kynerd, who will be a supportive presence on campus for our students!

This program will increase the already-strong connections that the O'More programs have with the local design community while providing contacts, advice, and connections for students that will enhance their educational experience, guide their professional development, and strengthen peer groups on campus. While professional in nature, we are emphasizing "relationship" over "networking." This is a great partnership between the college and the professional design community in Nashville that supports our commitment to vocational discernment. Students who participate in this mentorship program will not only gain professional skills to aid in landing a job post-grad, but will also gain confidence in how to apply their calling to their career. We want our students to be driven by purpose in addition to professionalism; this program provides the space to explore and nurture this sense of calling.

Advisory Board Members

David M. Powell, Principal, HASTINGS

Ginny Caldwell, Director of Interior Design, Southeast Venture

Shari Fox, Franklin

Valarie Franklin, Senior Associate/Client Relationship Manger, Moody Nolan

Selina Gutierrez, Footwear Design and Development Consultant, SG Squared

Betsy Littrell, Owner & Architect, Maypop Building Workshop

David Minnigan, Design Principal, ESa

Jennifer Rowe, VP of Merchandising & Design, Workwear Outfitters

Wevley Wilson, Senior Footwear Design Recruiter, Nike

Kelly Knight Hodges, Chief Development and Engagement Officer, Gresham Smith

Contact Us

O'More College of Architecture & Design

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone:  (615) 460-5888