A mentor is an experienced individual, teacher or coach who shares his/her knowledge and experience with another person called a protégé.
Mentors play a very special role in The Mentoring Project, sharing invaluable guidance, expertise and experience through one-on-one mentoring relationships. They receive special group training to help them develop and refine their mentoring skills and experience a rich broadening of perspective.
How are mentors selected?
The Mentoring Project Steering Committee develops a pool of potential mentors from several sources:
- Protégé Information Forms
- Nominations from the Regis University community
- Steering Committee nominations
All Mentor Nomination Forms must be received by the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. The Steering Committee will invite appropriate individuals to join the pool of potential mentors. Mentors will be matched to protégés and notified about the outcome of the process in August.
How are mentors matched with protégés?
Members of the Mentoring Project Steering Committee will carefully evaluate all of the information before selecting and matching mentors and protégés. Special attention will be given to the compatibility of goals, experiences, personalities and interests. Every effort will be made to make the most successful pairings possible. Protégés will be matched with mentors from a different department/unit of the University.
How often do the mentors and protégés meet?
Mentor-protégé pairs will determine the frequency and nature of their meetings throughout the academic year; however, mentors must be willing and able to devote adequate time to make the mentoring relationship meaningful and fulfilling. The mentoring relationship typically continues through the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.
During the first group meeting, a facilitator will assist each mentor-protégé pair in drafting a relationship agreement that establishes the basic "rules of the road" (e.g. frequency of meetings, types of contact and confidentiality). By asking pairs also to schedule their meetings for the entire academic year, mentors and protégés will be better able to focus their energies on identifying and reaching their respective goals.