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 5-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 and the Summer Research Program. Trained mentors obtain a skill set sought after in the career marketplace both inside and outside of academia.
What You’ll Learn
In this series participants will:
- Understand strategies and techniques for effective mentoring
- Gain familiarity with relevant campus resources
- Develop a personalized mentoring philosophy and mentoring plan
- Learn about mentoring students from diverse backgrounds
- Learn conflict resolution in mentoring
Who Should Apply
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars form all disciplines and levels. *Due to the high volume of applicants, priority is given to students who are on the waitlist and students training to be peer mentors for Graduate Division’s mentoring programs.
The Mentoring Excellence Program is offered on a quarterly basis. Participants must attend all sessions in their entirety and submit a complete Mentoring Guide to receive a Certificate of Completion.
ATTENDANCE: Participants are allowed to miss no more than 2 sessions. Missing more than 2 sessions will result in having to re-enroll in the series. Participants will be asked to attend and “make-up” missed sessions in the subsequent quarter.
- 2024 Winter Schedule:
- Virtual Sessions:
- Weekly on Thursday from 1:00 pm – 2:30pm
- January 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22
- Deadline to submit MEP Interest Form for Winter 2024: January 2nd, 2024
- Acceptances will be sent early January
- Virtual Sessions:
How to Apply
Complete and submit the MEP Interest Form via CampusGroups. The Interest Form will be open until program capacity is reached.
Graduate students: Login to CampusGroups with your UCI credentials.
Postdoctoral Scholars: If you are new to CampusGroups, please create a “staff” account first.
The MEP sessions are listed below. This is the typical sequence, however, we may switch the order depending on the facilitator’s availability.
|Session Topic Order||Facilitator|
|1.) Building a Mentoring Relationship|
Learn about mentoring best practices, mentoring in graduate education, and stages of mentoring from initiation to redefinition.
|Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD
Director of Postdoc and Professional Development, Graduate Division
|2.) Communication & Interpersonal Relationships|
Learn effective communication strategies and increase confidence when fostering connections with individuals
|Bri McWhorter, M.F.A.
CEO & Founder of Activate to Captivate
|3.) Mentoring Across Differences|
Learn about diverse student populations at UCI, increase awareness of cultural competency and reflect on the salience of one's intersecting identities.
|Jade Turner, M.S.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Graduate Division
|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.
|Amelle Beauvil, M.S.
Assistant Academic Counselor, Graduate Division
|5.) Mentoring and Academic Wellness|
Increase ability to motivate mentees resilience and increase confidence when coaching mentee(s) to balance academics and wellness demands.
|Phong Luong, Psy.D.
Director of Wellness & Inclusion, Graduate Division