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Mentor U @ASU • • • •

Mentoring Networking Partnership Building History


Mentoring • A structured, caring, and supportive relationship that focuses on the goals and interests of the mentored participant • Encourages a mentee to develop to his/her fullest potential • Helps a mentee to develop a vision of his/her future career


Mentoring • Allows a mentee to gain and practice skills necessary to becoming a professional • Mentoring relationships are unique, and experiences will vary amongst participants • All mentors and mentees are voluntary participants


Networking • A strategy to connect students with professionals and the greater community, and career-related opportunities • A strategy to unite the professional community across disciplines and cultural backgrounds


Partnership Building • Inherent to the program is the need for support from a wide breadth of community resources, thus mandating the cultivation of supportive relationships with community leaders and organizations, businesses, and tribal entities


History • Idea created by a diverse cross-section of professionals to positively affect Native American student retention • American Indian Student Support Services of Arizona State University adopted the Mentor U @ASU in late 2011


Training • • • •

Justification Program Guidelines Goals Expectations

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Obligations Roles Code of Ethics Closure


Justification • Research shows that training results in more positive feelings about the mentoring • Helps develop realistic expectations – Mentors’ and mentees’ motivations and goals for the mentoring relationship should match – Perceptions of the mentoring relationship strongly influence outcomes


Program Guidelines • Duration of mentoring relationships is approximately 8 weeks • Frequency of contact will be once per week for the duration of mentoring session • Acceptable modes of contact are email, phone, videoconferencing, and face-to-face meetings (at least 3 face-to-face meetings)


Program Guidelines • Module 1: Self Knowledge – Self-assessment tool to help mentees evaluate aspects of work and career

• Module 2: Finding Experience – A systematic approach to finding internships and jobs

• Model 3: Career Story – A tool to help guide a mentees career path


Program Guidelines • Mentors are strongly encouraged to arrange additional career exploration and development activities (e.g. job shadowing, workplace visits and tours, mock interviews, assistance with job/internship searches, networking, etc)


Program Guidelines • Mentoring communications are monitored and documented – Mentees will aid in documenting the content of communications (Contact Log) – Program coordinate will contact mentors and mentees, at least, twice per month


Goals • The goal of mentoring relationships is to build mutual trust and respect, and to help mentees become knowledgeable, empowered individuals • In addition to the goal above, mentors and mentees should form their own mentoring goal(s)


Expectations • Mentoring participants should maintain a professional demeanor – Be on time; respond in a timely manner; take ownership of mistakes – Show respect and appreciation – Dress appropriately; speak and write professionally – Abide by Code of Ethics


Obligations • Mentors – Strive to garner mentee’s trust and respect – Help mentee explore chosen field and guide their professional development – Encourage, inspire and challenge mentee to achieve their goals – Work with program staff to strengthen the mentoring experience


Obligations • Mentees – Strive to garner mentor’s trust and respect – Be an active participant in the mentoring process – Work with program staff to strengthen the mentoring experience


Roles • Mentors – Learning Facilitator: Mentors are not expected to be experts on their mentee’s needs; mentors should strive to facilitate their mentee’s learning and development, instead of trying to provide all the “right answers” – Role Model – Resource or Gateway to opportunities


Roles • Mentees – Active Learner: Mentees are expected to show strong initiative in fostering the mentoring relationship; mentees should strive to continuously engage their mentor and communicate their needs – Apprentice or Protégé – Colleague


Code of Ethics • Professional Conduct – Mentoring relationships will be strictly professional in nature – Mentors and mentees are prohibited from engaging in impropriety which includes, but not limited to: verbal and nonverbal sexual conduct; sexual harassment; verbal or physical attacks; insensitivity to diversity


Code of Ethics • Professional Conduct continued… – Alcohol and drug use is prohibited during mentoring meetings and activities – Mentors and mentees should mutually agree upon payment arrangements for mentoring activities requiring money • For example, professional lunches or dinners


Code of Ethics • Safety – Use good judgment to avoid harmful situations – Mentors must communicate the safety guidelines of their workplace – Mentors must ensure mentees are provided with necessary protective safeguards – Mentees must adhere to workplace guidelines as outlined by their mentor


Code of Ethics • Competence – Mentors must participate in mentor training to help strengthen the mentoring relationship and increase competence as a mentor – Mentors must not provide counseling or health services, and academic or financial advising – If a mentor feels a mentee needs assistance, he/she should inform the program Coordinator


Code of Ethics • Violations – If a Code of Ethics violation occurs, the program will take action appropriate to the situation


Closure • Final face-to-face meeting – Allows for a sense of closure – An opportunity for matches to reflect upon their experience

• Exit Survey – Serves as a tool to help improve the program for future participants


Closure • Mentors and mentees may participate in multiple mentoring sessions • In the event of an unanticipated closure, mentoring participants may be matched with a new mentor or mentee


Discussion • • • •

“I’m busy!” Networking Strategies for Success Your Story (Steve Jobs interview)


Contact • Kevin Russell – Student Support Coordinator – kevin.russell@asu.edu – (w) 480-965-0056 – (c) 602-821-4114


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