Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. Mentors provide support and connect students to academic and campus resources to aid in the students’ success. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is a 6-week certificate program intended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in becoming a mentor or seek to enhance their mentoring skills.
The program cultivates a qualified pool of trained mentors to support students in campus-wide initiatives including Competitive Edge, Graduate InterConnect, DECADE PLUS and the Summer Research Program. Trained mentors obtain a skill set sought after in the career marketplace both inside and outside of academia.
|Dates||Session Topic & Objectives||Facilitators|
|Oct. 13||Session 1: Communication & Interpersonal Relationships|
Learn effective communication strategies and increase confidence when fostering connections with individuals
CEO & Founder of Activate to Captivate
|Oct. 20||Session 2: Building a Mentoring Relationship|
Learn about mentoring best practices and strategies for building trust.
Professional Development Director, Graduate Division
|Oct. 27||Session 3: Mentoring Across Difference|
Learn about diverse student populations at UCI, increase awareness of cultural competency and reflect on the salience of one's intersecting identities.
DECADE Plus Coordinator, Graduate Division
|Nov. 3||Session 4: Conflict Resolution |
Identify techniques to address and resolve conflict, assess your conflict style and learn strategies to avoid assumptions about others' interests and motivations.
Senior Staff Psychologist, UCI Counseling Center
Apoorvee Sawhney, M.Ed.
Doctoral Intern, UCI Counseling Center
|Nov. 10||Session 5: Resilience and Balancing Academic Wellness |
Increase ability to motivate mentees resilience and increase confidence when coaching mentee(s) to balance academics and wellness demands.
Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, Graduate Division