The Alumni-Student Mentor Program launched in spring 2014 as a way to build connections between generations of alumni and strengthen our community.
The department is seeking alumni willing to spend a small amount of time to make a big difference in the lives of students. Participants can get involved in the department, help current students in a valuable and concrete way, and help us establish a culture of service that will be paid forward for generations to come.
The department also offers a Peer Mentor Program that partners freshmen and senior students to smooth the transition to CU Boulder.
Mentors will be assigned a small number of student mentees, to be determined based on the number of volunteers. The mentor also can request a certain number of students if desired.
Mentor-mentee pairing will be maintained through graduation. We strongly encourage mentors to continue contact with mentees after completion of their degrees.
The estimated monthly time commitment per student mentee is 1-2 hours.
General guidance is provided below to participants on the expected level of commitment. However, we encourage mentors and mentees to be flexible and to share with each other and with the department their ideas for improving or getting the most out of the program.
The advice mentors give to students will vary greatly, but below are some general topics mentors may wish to address.
Students may join the Alumni-Student Mentor Program as sophomores, juniors or seniors. Mentors may be asked to provide a brief biographical sketch or a LinkedIn profile for pairing purposes, while students will fill out a survey expressing their interests.
The ASMP coordinator will match mentors and mentees based on shared interests on or around the first day of each month and will send an introductory email. The coordinator will then step back and let the mentor initiate the next contact. Mentees also must attend one expectations session prior to meeting their mentors, where the ASMP coordinator will go over a student/program expectations presentation.
The ASMP coordinator will contact all students during their first mentoring semester to check in and solicit feedback. A survey will be administered to all mentors and students once a year to determine ways to improve the program.
Mentors are always more than welcome to contact ASMP Coordinator Wendy Young any time with questions, concerns, or advice on how to improve the program.