The School of Social Work Alumni Mentoring Program connects current students to alumni mentors for guidance and support.
Alumni must apply and be accepted. Eligible alumni will:
Qualified alumni will be listed as mentors and will be available for selection by current students once they’ve attended the orientation and provided information for the database. Once the mentor request is made by a current student and verified by a staff member, connection information is given to the mentor to begin the relationship. Students and mentors agree to at least five connections, but can continue the relationship through the current student’s graduation. Participants enter the mentoring relationships on a voluntary basis and can end the relationship at any point.
The matching process is designed so that students select their own mentor based on the profiles completed by the alumni mentors. In addition, alumni mentors indicate the type of services they are able to provide. Students review alumni biographies and select three possible mentors. Staff members confirm their match and send a copy of the student’s profile to the alumni mentor.
Once a match has been confirmed and the information is sent to each participant, the student is responsible for contacting his or her mentor as soon as possible. Contact between the participants can be in the form of mailings, phone calls, email or personal meetings. The initial contact should be an informal one. It should be kept friendly and light—the goal is to have both parties at ease with each other.