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Professional and Personal Growth

The Mentoring Project, now in its 23rd year, is a program for faculty and staff of the Regis University community who wish to grow professionally and personally through a mentor-protégé relationship. Individual involvement in the project lasts for one academic year, from September through May.

The Mentoring Project is designed to:
  • Increase personal fulfillment
  • Promote professional development
  • Enhance mutual respect and sense of community
  • Promote a culture of generosity
  • Deepen University mission in our commitment to one another


A protégé is a receiver, trainee, learner or individual who seeks knowledge and support from a mentor. It is important that protégés be receptive to feedback and be enthusiastic about personal and professional growth.

Anyone who is currently employed at Regis may submit a Protégé Information Form to the Office of the Provost no later than Friday, May 1, 2020.

The protégé selection process is based on making the best possible matches with available mentors, and every effort is made to match each applicant with a mentor; however, participation in the project for 2020-2021 may be limited by optimal group size and the number of mentors available. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in August.


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 1, 2020. 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.

Application & Nomination Forms

The following forms should be submitted to the Office of the Provost by Friday, May 1, 2020.

Protégé Information Form

Mentor Nomination Form

Group Events

All of the mentor-protégé pairs meet as a group two or three times during the academic year. The purpose of these gatherings is to promote community and to complement the one-on-one relationships with substantive presentations on professional and personal development topics. The final event is a celebration dinner planned by the group.

Program Parameters

The Mentoring Project has no direct bearing on job security, promotions or raises. Mentors have no involvement with their protégés' supervisors. The mentor-protégé relationship is confidential and no information is shared with anyone unless both partners agree. Mentors are often good listeners, ask questions, propose alternative perspectives on issues and make appropriate referrals, but they are not employee advocates or intercessors.