Prospective Mentors

Mentor Guidelines

  1. Commit to at least one hour of interaction/support per month.

  2. Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.

  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.

  4. Invite the mentee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.

  5. Be flexible on meeting times and places.

  6. Arrange frequent contacts through Skype, telephone, email, or face-to-face if possible.

  7. Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.

  8. Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.

  9. Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.

  10. Foster creativity and independence. Help your mentee build self-confidence and offer encouragement.

  11. Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.

  12. Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.

  13. Answer the questions that you can and to connect your mentee to resources if you there is a question you cannot answer.

  14. Only provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc. if they are constructive contributions.

  15. Be available when the mentee needs your advice or support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.

Required and Recommended Training

Required ULearn module: Mentoring Others

Suggested ULearn module: Being a Good Mentor

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