The objective of the Pipeline Mentoring Project is to connect UR grad students of color current UR undergraduates of color and first-gen students as they navigate toward successfully completing their degrees and look ahead to further study or work after graduation. Grad students will act as a listening ear and resource for undergraduates as they contemplate what life will be like and what they hope to do once the degree is in hand.
The Pipeline Mentoring Program is truly a mentoring program in the old-fashioned sense of the word “mentoring.” It is not a networking program—so there is no need to match with a mentor or mentee based solely on professional goals. The “pipeline” part of the Pipeline Mentoring Project is really to help undergraduate students see past graduation as the ultimate goal to envision whatever may be next on the horizon. Pipeline mentors will be on hand to discuss what their undergraduate years were like, their successes and the challenges they overcame. They will help undergrads think through their situations and strategize. Mentors are not academic advisors or therapists, but they just may become good friends.