Programs & Seminars
Advancing Women Mentoring Program
Mentee Information and Registration
Mentee Registration for the 2014-2015 year will be open August 18th. Check back soon.
Prior to 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.
Mentor Bios will be updated by August 18th
Information for Mentees
Who can particiate as a mentee?
Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in IUPUI with an interest in the topic is invited to participate. First year, second year, and transfer students may find this program most beneficial.
How can I benefit from this program?
- Increased awareness of campus resources at IUPUI.
- Opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff on the IUPUI campus.
- Building community and networking with other mentees/mentors who are part of the program.
- Development of leadership skills such as communication strategies, goal setting, time management, and leading with confidence.
- Development of personal vision and career aspirations.
- Discovery and reflection on personal strengths through assessment.
How will I be matched with my mentor/mentee?
Great question. All mentors (IUPUI Faculty/Staff) will be asked to complete a brief biography about themselves. These bios will be posted to the Advancing Women Mentoring Program website. Prior to registration, please review these bios. When you register for the program, please select a few mentors you would be interested in being paired with. We will do our best to accommodate your requests. You will be notified about your mentor prior to the September 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 Student Involvement 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
- Developing 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. However the other 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 things such as leadership, communication, and career skills in addition to confidence and ambition, participants become empowered to respond to these issues.
What's the time commitment?
Both mentors and mentees will need to be able to attend the kick-off event where they will meet with their potential mentee/mentor pairings. 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?
As a mentee, your role is to be an active participant in the program by regularly meeting with your mentor and by engaging in the program. It is also important that you know the role of your mentor. Mentors are not substitute parents or licensed psychologists. They are also not expected to be an expert on your major or intended career. However, mentors are there to guide you by offering advice and suggestions. Furthermore, we expect both mentors and mentees to be authentic in their meetings with each other meaning that both should be honest, real, and genuine in their engagement.
Is the program only for women students?
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.