Women's and Gender Studies Peer Mentoring Program
What is mentoring?
The WGS Peer Mentoring Program is intended to connect our incoming majors and minors with more advanced students in the program. A peer mentor is a junior or senior who can serve as a resource and a sounding board for new students. One of the great things about mentors is that they have the first-hand knowledge about being an IUSB student and navigating the WGS program. They can give you great advice about everything from coursework, scheduling, activism, internships and much more. New students (= mentees) are able to take advantage of mentors’ knowledge and familiarity with the university and build stronger relationships with other students in our program.
What are your responsibilities in the mentoring program?
- Students who wish to become peer mentors or mentees are asked to commit to the mentoring program for at least one academic year
- Contact each other once a week by whatever means you both agree on (text, email, phone, meeting up briefly), just to check in and see how things are going. This is an opportunity to ask any questions or seek guidance on any issues you’re concerned about.
- Have a longer meeting at least twice during the course of the semester. You’ll have a $30 meal card to use in the cafeteria so the two of you can sit down over a meal and talk.
- Fill out post-contact reports when you contact each other (these are really brief and you’ll do them online), so that we can check and make sure that all mentor/mentee pairs are remaining in contact
- Do a pre- and post-survey assessment so that we can assess the program and figure out ways to continue to improve it so that it works best for everyone.
What can I ask my mentor?
- You can bring up anything that’s worrying you or that you want to talk about, whether it’s directly related to schoolwork or not; your mentor will tell you if she cannot help and will help you find the right person/resource/service.
What are the hallmarks of good mentoring?
- Open communication
- Opportunities for reflection
- Setting academic and personal goals and planning how to achieve them
- Practical academic and personal support
What are the goals and benefits of mentoring?
- Increased retention rates and improved academic achievement of new students in the WGS Program
- Improved motivation of both mentors and mentees.
- Connect students with each other and help them develop a support system
- Better communication and active listening skills
- Exposure to new ideas and interests
Intersted in learning more?
Please submit our online registration form.
Questions? Contact us!The initial contact person for mentees who have concerns or questions about how the program is going is Jenni Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial contact person for mentors who have concerns or questions about how the program is going is Nicole Micolichek, email@example.com.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, please contact Dr. Christina Gerken, firstname.lastname@example.org.