Graduate Division

Mentoring Excellence

Section 1

Certificate Overview

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.

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. 

Certificate Requirements

The Mentoring Excellence Program is offered quarterly to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 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. 

Course Schedule

SUMMER 2021: Sessions are scheduled from 1 pm - 2 pm via Zoom

  • Wednesdays on July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11 

FALL 2021: Dates TBD.



Session Topic & Objectives  Facilitators

July 7 

Session 1: Building a Mentoring Relationship

Learn about mentoring best practices and strategies for building trust.

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD
Professional Development Director, Graduate Division

July 14  

Session 2: Communication & Interpersonal Relationships

Learn effective communication strategies and increase confidence when fostering connections with individuals

Bri McWhorter, MFA
CEO & Founder of Activate to Captivate

July 21 

Session 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, MS
DECADE Plus Coordinator, Graduate Division

July 28 

Session 4: Resilience and Balancing Academic Wellness 

Increase ability to motivate mentees resilience and increase confidence when coaching mentee(s) to balance academics and wellness demands. 


Phong Luong, PsyD
Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, Graduate Division

August 4

Session 5: Conflict Resolution 

Identify techniques to address and resolve conflict, assess your conflict style and learn strategies to avoid assumptions about others' interests and motivations. 


August 11

Session 6: Graduate Peer Mentors Panel 

Peer mentors will share their mentoring experience, challenges and advice. Learn about campus resources available to you. 

Current and Past Peer Mentors

How to Apply

Please complete the MEP Interest Form for the Summer Series.


For more information, contact Annabel Ortiz, Professional Development Programs Coordinator, at