Inspired by recent Climate Survey results, the College of Arts and Sciences offers this mentorship program, which seeks to empower and support diversity and inclusion for A&S faculty and staff to succeed socially, personally and professionally. Though BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, this mentoring program is not limited to staff and faculty who identify as BIPOC. It is open to all faculty and staff in the college who are interested in fostering a diverse community that values equity and inclusion.

Through community-building, relationship-building and mentorship with A&S faculty and staff (who have three years of professional experience or who have worked at CU Boulder for a minimum of one year) the A&S BIPOC Faculty and Staff Mentoring Program (BFSMP) will:

  • Connect newer employees (who joined the A&S community in the last 18 months) directly with resources and experiences that will increase new employees’ cultural and social capital.
  • Assist new employees in their transition to the college.
  • Enhance their opportunities to thrive at CU Boulder.
  • Build a cohort of strong and trustworthy peer-mentoring relationships, formal learning opportunities and skill-building and community-building through social events.
  • Develop a stronger sense of belonging within the college, which will serve as a foundation for their university careers and beyond.

Mentor Essential Functions and Job Duties

  • Mentors are assigned up to three mentees, depending on how many applications are received that year.
  • Throughout the academic year 2023-24, mentors are expected to meet with each mentee(s) monthly for 30 minutes each meeting; efforts to build stronger relationships and to better support their mentees’ individual needs.
  • Mentors must be available to attend an in-person Fall Meet & Greet on Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m.
  • Mentors must attend monthly team meetings, events and workshops to gain tools and resources (professional development) to be successful mentors.
  • Mentors are expected to file a brief summary each semester regarding meetings with their mentee(s).
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The mentor position receives a $400 per semester honorarium and requires approximately one hour a week. Specific hours will be determined by the mentor and mentee and in accordance with all other mentor and program requirements.
  • The mentor position is a one-year non-renewable commitment (fall 2023 to spring 2024).
  • Mentors from the previous cohort can still qualify to be a mentor for this year’s cohort. A mentor can serve a maximum of two years.



  • Applications are due Monday, Aug. 21, by 5 p.m. MST.


  • Sept. 22 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet & greet event for all mentees & mentors (in-person; food will be provided)

If you have any questions, please email