A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your student, and to contribute to their professional and personal development. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are expected to provide their student with about one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging, google hangouts, chat) or face-to-face, as appropriate. Mentors should work with their student to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to preparing for life after college, general career advice, information on higher studies, college planning, personal encouragement, and so on.
  • How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at least three months to one year in order to ensure that the student is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
  • Are there any potential risks to me or my company? No. It is not appropriate for mentors to engage in any business transactions with their students; instead, the relationship should only involve the flow of general information and advice.
  • Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? We encourage letting the student know about the situation and contact Alejandro Chacon, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning Mentoring and Operations, Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

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Mentor DO's

  2. Participate in Orientation and the culminating event
  3. Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
  4. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
  5. Invite the student to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
  6. Be flexible on meeting times and places.
  7. Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, fax, hangouts, zoom, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
  8. Respond to emails from your student within 2 days of receipt.
  9. Keep information that your student has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the student needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
  10. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
  11. Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
  12. Provide honest and timely feedback to your student.
  13. Provide opportunities for the student to talk about concerns and ask questions.
  14. Above all, LISTEN.

Mentor DON'Ts

  1. Try to give advice on everything. 
  2. Encourage student to be totally dependent upon you.
  3. Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
  4. Be too busy when the student needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the student a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
  5. Criticize.