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Mentoring Contact Information

For more information on the Mentoring Project or to become a Mentor, contact:

Sarah Sullivan
816.501.0429
Sarah.Sullivan@avila.edu

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Advantage Mentoring Project

The mentoring project brings an additional resource for Advantage students by providing an internal organizational structure that benefits a wide range of students. The mentoring project can help students understand administrative issues such as:

  • School policies for registration
  • Finding classrooms
  • Finding offices on campus
  • Understanding class syllabi
  • Office hours
  • Grades
  • Financial aid
  • Assist with on-line classes (Canvas)
  • Answer questions pertaining to Avila's systems

Most students find their way to the office of university staff and professors by first talking to more experienced students. In other words, the experienced students serve as guides for new students.

Types of mentoring:

  • Face to face
  • Phone call
  • Email

The best mentees have a clear plan for what they want to get out of their relationship with a mentor. They show up to meetings with a specific list of items. Mentees also work with the mentor to set expectations on how frequently they would like to plan meetings.

Expectations:

  • A firm commitment for one academic year
  • Accessibility, dependability, open-mindedness, consistency, integrity and patience
  • A reflective philosophy

The mentoring relationship is unique based on each participant's experiences, personality and professional development. The willingness to invest time and energy, the respect and trust for each participant, expertise and individuality are the ground conditions for a successful relationship.

The main idea of the Mentoring Project is to enhance the communication between students, valuing the experience of the mentors and giving them the opportunity to grow in areas like coaching and leadership. All the objectives of the project are designed to benefit the mentees, aiming to give the mentees the opportunity of an additional resource in their initial contact with the university setting. Having an additional resource in the relationship with their colleagues (mentors), the mentees benefit from the Mentoring Project at different levels: individual, community and networking.

Mentors

Characteristics of effective mentoring include the ability and willingness to:

  • value the mentee as a person
  • develop mutual trust and respect
  • maintain confidentiality
  • listen both to what is being said and how it is being said
  • help the mentee solve his or her own problem, rather than give direction

Benefits for Mentors:

  • Develop coaching, communication and leadership skills
  • Share valuable experience knowledge gained as a result of personal involvement
  • Exchange ideas and perspective skills on issues and trends in your field
  • Motivate and support a person to raise his/her level of professional attainment
  • Future stipend opportunity

*Project resource: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/staff-research-development/documents/drl_mentoring_guidelines.pdf