Mentoring Agreement (to be completed once matched)
The following guidelines are offered to help you to have a successful mentoring interaction.
- Maintain regular contact. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to be in contact at least once a month during the mentoring term. Conversations may occur over the phone, via Skype (or similar software), by email, and/or in person when possible.
- Set clear and realistic goals. At the start of a mentoring partnership, mentors and mentees should have a conversation that addresses goals for both the mentor and the mentee. Mentors are encouraged to help students think about and work towards personal, academic, and career goals. It is also important for mentors to consider their own goals for the relationship as well.
- Be responsive. Both mentors and mentees are expected to return calls and emails in a timely manner (e.g. within two business days). If your mentor or mentee is not responsive, please contact Yoona Hong at [email protected].
- Provide/receive feedback. It is important that feedback is candid and delivered in a thoughtful and constructive way. Help your mentee learn how to receive and respond to feedback by modeling the behavior through open discussion.
- Participate in a climate of self-reflection and self-development. Mentors should ask questions to help their mentees understand and articulate motivations, accomplishments, weaknesses, etc. Employ active listening as a way to develop questions to ask your mentee. Mentees should expect to reflect and answer these thought-provoking questions that will help develop a sense of self-awareness that helps one acknowledge strengths and work towards strengthening areas of growth.
- Honor commitments. If a mentoring conversation must be cancelled, it is expected that the mentor or mentee will make every effort to communicate in advance of the meeting and reschedule. If circumstances prohibit either party from participating in the program prior to the end of a term, each party must agree to notify their mentoring partner and MMFPN staff.
- Evaluate. At the end of their mentoring term, both participants will be required to complete an evaluation form.
*Note: Mentors are not expected to offer internships or jobs.
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