Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

Programs & Seminars
Advancing Women Mentoring Program
Mentor Information

Mentor registration for the Advancing Women Mentoring Program will  for the 2016-2017 academic year is now closed

Prior to Mentee Registration, mentees must review mentor biographies and select 3-5 mentors they would be interested in working with this year. We will do all that we can to accommodate mentee requests, but being assigned to your top choice is not always possible.

Questions can be directed to Niki Messmore, Coordinator for Civic Engagement, at nmmessmo@iupui.edu.

  • Who can participate as a mentor?

    Mentors are limited to current or retired IUPUI faculty and staff (full-time or part-time).

  • How can I benefit from this program?
    • Opportunity to diversify portfolio of experiences regarding student interaction.
    • Collaboration with other IUPUI faculty and staff participating in the mentoring program.
    • Discovery and reflection on personal strengths through assessment.
    • Personal education on topics related to the advancement of women in both higher education and workplace environments outside of the university setting.
    • Positive recognition by the Office of the Campus Center & Student Experiences and the Office for Women for contribution to the holistic development of students.
  • How will I be matched with my mentor/mentee?

    All mentors (IUPUI Faculty/Staff) will be asked to complete a brief biography about themselves as a part of registration. These bios will be posted to the Advancing Women Mentoring Program website. Students will review the bios and request specific mentors. Prior to finalizing the mentor pairings, mentors will be contacted. You will be notified about your final pair prior to the kickoff.

  • What happens if my mentor/mentee pairing does not work out?

    While it is our hope that all mentor/mentee pairings are good fits, we understand that there may be circumstances where a pairing does not work out. If this is the case, a mentor or mentee should contact either of the Office of the Campus Center & Student Experiencest or the Office for Women.

  • What kinds of topics will be covered?
    • Educational and career-related goal setting
    • Exploration of personal strengths
    • Communication strategies including understanding variances in communication styles among men and women, communication skills, and proper etiquette
    • Leadership Development
    • Time management and creating a positive work/life balance
    • Presenting yourself professionally
    • Confidence and Ambition
    • Gender equality in higher education and the workplace
  • How does addressing the above topics relate to the idea of "Advancing Women"?

    One purpose of this program is to educate participants about various topics such as gender roles, inequality, and women in culture and society. However, simply increasing one's awareness is not enough. The second purpose of this program is to provide students with the tools necessary to be successful in their personal, academic, and professional lives. It is our hope that by developing competencies such as leadership, communication, and career skills in addition to confidence and ambition, participants become empowered to respond to these perceived challenges.

  • Do I need any specific skills to be a mentor?

    There is no one uniform approach to mentoring. Perhaps a few of the most important skills necessary are a willingness to be available, to listen to students, and to be committed to the program. Again, training for the program will be provided. Mentors may include IUPUI faculty/staff from all areas of the University.

  • What is the time commitment?

    All mentors are expected to attend a one-hour training workshop. Both mentors and mentees will need to be able to attend the kick-off event they will meet with their mentee/mentor pairings. In addition, there is one program each semester that mentors and mentees are highly encouraged to attend. All of these dates are available on the Advancing Women Mentoring Program home page.

     How frequently you meet throughout the school year is up to each mentor/mentee. We recommend that you consider meeting at least once every few weeks. Setting up a regular breakfast or lunch meeting is a great way to plan around schedules and develop a routine pattern of meeting together. In addition, mentors/mentees are highly encouraged to attend programming and events offered by the Office for Women at various points throughout the year.

  • What is my role?

    Before understanding what your role is, it's important to consider what your role is NOT. Mentors are not licensed clinical counselors, nor are they a student's parent. Mentors are not expected to be experts on a student's major or career field. Mentors should provide advice at the students request and serves as a guide. Furthermore, mentors are expected to be respectful of their mentee, to maintain confidentiality, and to be active, engaged participants in the program. Should serious issues or concerns arise, mentors should notify the Office of the Campus Center & Student Experiences or the Office for Women.

  • What is the Mentoring Model?

    This program does not utilize any one mentoring model but rather draws from a collection of models. Specifically, this mentoring program utilizes relational mentoring believing that establishing relationships or partnerships is a powerful way in which to influence and guide. Mentors are asked to be authentic and genuine in their engagement with mentees. This program also reflects the networking model by promoting select group activities where all participants will be encouraged to attend events held by the Office for Women that serve to promote a spirit of collaboration in addressing many of the issues related to the advancement of women in the workplace and in the university.

  • Is the program only for female students/faculty/staff?

    No. While the content of the program specifically addresses issues pertaining to the advancement of women, it is open to all students, faculty, and staff with an interest in the topic.