In a partnership between students and the Office of the Dean of Students, McGill has just launched the Staff-Student Mentoring Program! Designed to facilitate informal out-of-classroom conversations between staff and students, the program’s ultimate goal is to enrich the University experience for all.
Every mentoring relationship will be unique in its nature and scope and will develop organically over time. A mentoring relationship can help close gaps, foster connections and build networks, as participants discover new opportunities and share knowledge and exchange insights about a wide variety of topics and interests. The perspective and experience of every mentor and mentee will make the program a success.
Mentors may be regular full-time instructors, or staff. In this initial pilot phase, only undergraduate students will be eligible to be mentees. Students will not be assigned mentors from their own academic department. Mentors are not expected to be academic advisors, counsellors, advocates or agents for the mentees, although they can certainly point mentees towards appropriate University resources, many of which are listed on the Staff-Student Mentoring site.
Getting a mentor
It’s pretty simple -
- Complete the Mentee Application Form (you will have to log in with your McGill username and password). At this time, you will be presented with a choice of two Mentors. Select one.
- You will receive an email containing a link to your Mentor’s profile. Review it so you are ready when they email you to set the first meeting.
- Decide on a mutually convenient meeting time.
- Before meeting, read the First Meeting Checklist.
- The rest is up to you!