- We are excited to announce that with the engagement and support of our community, our mentorship program is running its 3rd cohort - completely virtual! Cohort 3 will begin on or around September 30, 2021 until April 15, 2022.
- For AY Fall 2021/2022, graduate students are now able to become mentees! Previously focused on undergraduate students, we have expanded our program to welcome graduate students as mentees.
- As of Fall 2020, our program is now a year-round initiative which incorporates planned workshops and events tailored to the interests and goals of the mentees.
Mentorship represents a collaborative approach to professional and personal advancement, for both mentors and mentees. In Spring 2019, the AU Latino & Hispanic Faculty and Staff Affinity Group launched a three-month pilot mentorship program with the support of an Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant, to partner Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx students with similarly identified faculty and staff. In minority communities, professional networks remain underdeveloped. The purpose of this mentorship program is to build a community of connection that promotes personal growth and career development.
The AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program aims to:
- build a supportive bridge between Latino & Hispanic undergraduate students and Latino & Hispanic staff and faculty;
- foster inclusivity, excellence, and equity within the Latino & Hispanic student, staff, and faculty community through connectivity, visibility, guidance, and mentorship; and
- support the personal and professional growth of mentees and mentors, through in-person, head and heart dialogue.
As a mentee, you will:
- gain guidance from an AU professional aligned with your interests, passions, and goals
- engage and create collaborative opportunities for personal and professional growth
- explore strategies or steps you need to excel
As a mentor, you will:
- boost student academic and professional success through personal and career support and guidance
- increase Latino & Hispanic student retention as sentiments of support, belonging, and affinity increase
- develop yourself as a leader by gaining new perspective and interpersonal skills
- provide your expertise and experiences
- be eligible for in-person mentorship-related cost reimbursement, like coffee, tea, etc.
- The first three-month pilot program ran from February 2019 - May 2019. As of AY 19/20, the mentorship program has evolved into a year-long program.
- Orientation for mentor and mentees will be held early in the semester (based on group availability). Mentors and mentees are encourage to attend in order to meet one another and review program expectations and guidelines.
- Mentors will be paired up with 1-2 mentees and lead weekly check-ins via email or by phone, with a least one virtual monthly meeting either on platforms such as Zoom, Teams, etc.
- Mentors must log mentor/mentee meetings through an online form.
Mentors must be full-time faculty and staff and mentees must be full-time undergraduate and graudate students. Mentor and mentee pairings will be based on participants' goals, cultural interests, field of study, etc.