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.
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 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 3 sessions. Missing more than 3 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. We use Zoom reports to track attendance (please note, Zoom records participant log-in and log-out time).
Every Wednesday from 10 am - 11:30 am Pacific Time (1.5 hours).
Dates: October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17
All sessions will be hosted on Zoom.
MEP CERTIFICATE SESSIONS
Session Topic & Objectives
Session 1: Communication & Interpersonal Relationships
Learn effective communication strategies and increase confidence when fostering connections with individuals
Bri McWhorter, MFA CEO & Founder of Activate to Captivate
Session 2: Building a Mentoring Relationship
Learn about mentoring best practices and strategies for building trust.
Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD Professional Development Director, Graduate Division
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.
Jade Turner, MS DECADE Plus Coordinator, Graduate Division
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
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.
Session 6: Graduate Student Peer Mentor Panel
Q&A with current and former peer mentors. Mentors will share their experience, challenges and advice on how to be an effective mentor.