About the Program
Create Transformative Connections
Through monthly, one-hour group meetings, mentors will be able to have a dramatic impact on the lives of future alumni. Mentors will be handpicked UA alumni with significant professional experience. They will mentor up to 5 current UA students in monthly, group phone conferences. This ratio will allow mentees to form transformative connections not only with their mentor but with the other mentees as well. With the participation of our alumni mentors, we will build this into an extraordinary opportunity for UA’s most promising leaders of today and tomorrow.
How it Works
Mentees and mentors are paired based on their career interests and compatibility. Before mentors begin meeting with mentees, they will participate in an in-depth training session. Of utmost importance is our mentors’ commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all mentees and maintaining strict confidentiality.
Mentors will provide insights in leadership and personal and professional growth by drawing on their own experiences. Through their confidential conversations, mentors will spur personal growth in their mentees by actively listening to them and asking thought-provoking questions as well as offering advice and sharing perspectives. Successful mentees will be open and willing to learn, actively seek advice and eager to develop specific career goals.
Mentors are asked to participate in monthly one-hour conversations for seven months with a cohort of up to 5 mentees. This time commitment, along with any needed individual follow-up, permits mentors and mentees to form a relationship with one another, allowing for more meaningful growth to happen.
Throughout the process, we will collect feedback to help shape future mentorship programming. Our goal is a truly transformative experience for all those involved. We will require both mentors and mentees to agree to maintain confidentiality which will allow open sharing of experiences and challenges.
Mentors apply and are notified of their selection.
Mentors will complete online training on best practices for mentoring.
Mentees will complete an application and interview. They will be selected and notified.
Bios for mentors and mentees will be provided to facilitate pairing. Mentors and mentees are invited to an optional networking event during Homecoming week to meet fellow participants.
November through May
Mentoring sessions begin and occur once a month for seven months. Mentors and mentees will fill out monthly surveys to track progress and collect data for program improvement.
Mentors and mentees are invited to attend a closing celebration prior to commencement.