Mentor Program

The Fall 2017 Mentor Program is accepting applications!

 

MENTEES

The Mentor Program creates long-lasting connections across students and employees. Student Mentees can quickly connect to someone at the U of M while the Employee/Alumni Mentors check in with mentees on:

  • Adjustment to the U of M culture
  • Advancing their own sense of self & identity exploration
  • Navigating being LGBTQIA within a specific academic field or career path
  • Creating connections throughout the local Twin Cities community

Enrollment

The Mentor Program offers "rolling admission;" you're welcome to apply at any time! 

 

Time Frame

The program runs the entire academic year. Pairings start as early as August and run as late as May.

 

Commitment

Mentees & Mentors meet individually as they please, abiding by general guidelines tailored for student success and mentorship. It is expected that pairs will meet no less than 1x/month for 1+ hours. 

 

Benefits of Having a Mentor

  • Knowledge and Contacts: Your mentor will most likely have personal connections and knowledge of resources within the LGBTQIA community that has taken years for them to establish. You'll have direct access to this knowledge and your mentor can provide introductions to community members. 
  • Business and Life Skills: As a mentee, you can also learn valuable business and life skills from your mentor, including best business practices, appropriate behaviours and protocols.
  • Perspective: Discussions with your mentor will stretch your thinking by providing you with another perspective to your own.
  • Reduced Feelings of Isolation: Working with a mentor also often creates a sense of peer partnership that might not otherwise be available to you. It's easy to feel alone, but your mentor will help you work through those feelings with tangible real-world support. 
  • Wisdom and Learning From Past Experiences: As a mentee, you can also benefit greatly from hearing the lessons that your mentor has learned along the way through their past experiences - both their successes and failures.
  • Feedback: A good mentor will provide you with valuable feedback or make suggestions that will enable you to experience personal growth.
  • Talent Development: Where a mentor is an expert in a particular field, they'll often be able to spot your unique talents and make suggestions about to how you can further develop and make the most of your talents and gifts.
  • A Sounding Board: Having a good mentor will also enable you to test your ideas and discuss your points of view with an interested listener in a safe environment.
  • Learn How To Be A Good Mentor: The experience of working with a mentor will also serve as a training ground to enable you to develop good mentoring behaviours and become a mentor for others.

 

If you're interested in finding a mentor, fill out the application and we'll be in touch!

 


 

MENTORS

The Mentor Program creates long-lasting connections across students and employees. Student Mentees can quickly connect to someone at the U of M while the Employee/Alumni Mentors check in with mentees on:

  • Adjustment to the U of M culture
  • Advancing their own sense of self & identity exploration
  • Navigating being LGBTQIA within a specific academic field or career path
  • Creating connections throughout the local Twin Cities community

 

Enrollment

The Mentor Program offers "rolling admission;" you're welcome to apply at any time! 

 

Time Frame

The program runs the entire academic year. Pairings start as early as August and run as late as May.

 

Commitment

Mentees & Mentors meet individually as they please, abiding by general guidelines tailored for student success and mentorship. It is expected that pairs will meet no less than 1x/month for 1+ hours. 

 

Benefits Of Being A Mentor

Being a mentor gives you the opportunity to facilitate a student's personal and professional growth by sharing your knowledge and personal stories through years of experience. While the primary intent of your mentoring role is to provide support and guidance, your mentee is not the only one who will gain from the arrangement. As a mentor, there are various ways you can benefit as well:

  • Enhance Your Skills: The experience you gain by mentoring a student can facilitate your own professional growth. Mentoring allows you to strengthen your coaching and leadership skills by working with individuals from different backgrounds and personality types. Your ability to manage people different from you is a valuable skill, especially as the workplace continues to grow more diverse.
  • Learn New Things: It’s inevitable that a student younger than you will know more about a topic you’re less familiar with. For example, if you’re a Gen Xer, perhaps taking on a mentee can help you learn more about certain aspects of technology or social media. Every generation has their strengths, and mentor relationships are a great way to learn from one another so we can all improve our professional lives.
  • Share Your Knowledge: Sharing your knowledge with someone else can be empowering. You'll have an opportunity to help a student avoid pitfalls you may have faced in your relationships & career, or learn to navigate the LGBTQIA community. 
  • Build Additional Professional Relationships: Although you probably have a variety of professional connections at the University, a mentor-mentee relationship offers different benefits than other acquaintance-like relationships. Not only can your mentee introduce you to people to add to your network, but you can do the same for them, 
  • Develop Leadership and Management Skills: Becoming a mentor can help you learn how to oversee and guide others. Discover how to manage younger workers and tap into your leadership abilities through advising a mentee.
  • Give Back To Your Community: Mentoring is an opportunity to help young students better naviget their identities, continue their education, and become active members of the LGBTQIA community. 

If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please apply.

 


 

GRADUATE PEER MENTORS

The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Program is designed to pair LGBTQIA graduate students in a mentorship relationship, to share information about navigating the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities broadly as an LGBTQIA graduate student. This program pairs first and second year graduate student mentees with more advanced graduate student mentors for a full academic year. Over the course of the mentorship relationship, mentors act as a resource, a referral service and colleague to their mentee, helping them to adjust to life as a LGBTQIA graduate student and offering guidance and support. 

 

 

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