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Program Overview 

The Women's Resource Center Mentorship Program (WRCMP) is a formal mentorship opportunity designed to connect women across the university and develop campus and community leaders. Mentors and mentees will work together to create a learning plan around the mentee's specific goals. Our aim is for participants to complete the program with a support network and the resources needed to get the most value out of their college experience. 

Program participants can expect the following:

  • Community-building with other women/femme students
  • Expert knowledge of WRC resources/programs
  • Improved confidence and sense of self-efficacy 
  • Connection to resources and opportunities on campus
  • Development opportunities for mentors backed by research and founded with college student development theories in mind
  • Robust support structure, including 1:1 opportunities with WRC staff

 

Questions? Reach out to Emily Pollard at epollard@sa.utah.edu


Mentor Development

Mentors will receive additional support and development opportunities throughout the program. While most mentorship programs focus solely on the mentee's needs, we understand that mentors thrive when guided by defined objectives and continuous support. This experience should be as meaningful to you as it is to your mentee and contribute to your own learning and development. 

The WRCMP curriculum incorporates the following learning outcomes:

  • Enhance active listening, empathy, and effective communication skills
  • Build a learning plan based on your mentee's goals
  • Develop a relationship with your mentee based on trust
  • Provide concrete and objective feedback and guidance
  • Reflect on your personal experiences and share insight with others
  • Encourage reflective thinking by asking thought-provoking questions
  • Identify opportunities for your mentee to engage with academics and college life
  • Empower your mentee to reach their goals by connecting them directly to applicable resources and people
  • Practice conflict resolution and relationship management
  • Incorporate social justice into your daily life

 


 Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a current U student and enrolled in classes for the Spring 2022 semester
  • Be one of the following:
    • Undergraduate student in at least your third-year 
    • Graduate student
  • Attend mentorship program and mentor development events:
    • Mentor Workshops
    • Kickoff Event 
    • Pair meetups
  • Must be a current U student and enrolled in classes for the Spring 2022 semester
  • Must be one of the following:
    • Undergraduate student in your first or second-year 
    • Transfer student
  • Must attend mentorship program and mentor development events:
    • Kickoff Event 
    • Pair meetups

 Application and Matching Process

  1. Look over the eligibility criteria, choosing to be either a mentor or mentee 
    Note: If you have a special circumstance and do not meet all criteria but would still like to apply, reach out to epollard@sa.utah.edu
  2. Fill out the application before January 16, 2022 at 5 pm. Note that mentees and mentors will access the same application. PLEASE be sure to clearly indicate if you are applying as a mentor or mentee when asked, as this will impact the rest of the application. 
  3. Expect a confirmation email within 24 hours of submission. If you did not receive an email, please reach out to epollard@sa.utah.edu to check your submission status. 
  4. The WRC team will review applications and begin matching pairs beginning the week of January 17, 2022. Pairs will be matched based on information provided on your application, so please provide as much detail as possible. 
  5. Applicants will be notified of selection on January 21, 2022. 
  6. Mentors will be asked for their availability for a special Mentor Prep Workshop. This is a mandatory event for selected mentors.
  7. Pairs will be announced at the Kickoff Event, held on a date between January 24 - February 4 based on participant availability. Attendance is expected at this event for all participants, but we will work with students who have special circumstances. 

 FAQs

The program runs in semester-long cycles (fall and spring sessions only), and students may participate in as many cycles as they wish. 

YES! As long as you meet the mentor eligibility requirements, you may move from a mentee to a mentor role.

This will vary based on the needs of your mentor/mentee pairing, but we expect mentors to spend ~3-4 hours per month and mentees to spend ~2-3 hours per month. 

Applicants will be notified of selection on January 21, 2022

Pairs will be announced at the Kickoff Event, held on a date between January 24 - February 4 based on participant availability.

Applications are due January 16, 2022 at 5 pm.

 

Last Updated: 1/17/22