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David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Pipeline Mentoring Project

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We can all benefit from having different kinds of mentors.  The Pipeline Project matches underrepresented and first-generation undergraduates with graduate students of color from Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, the Simon School of Business, the Warner School of Education, and the Medical Center.  Graduate mentors come from many fields including education, business, history, psychology, engineering, and English.  They also have a range of experiences from Teach for America, to working in the corporate world, to volunteering internationally.  After looking at their profiles, you may select up to three (3) graduate students based on any criteria that you wish:  maybe you are from the same hometown, maybe she had your same major as an undergraduate, maybe he loves skiing as much as you do.  Because the Pipeline Project is not solely, or even primarily, an academic program—you can indicate whatever factors draw you to a particular mentor or set of mentors.  The Director of Graduate Programs will match you with a mentor based on the criteria and names that you identify. 

The Pipeline Project is not a heavy time commitment and it is not solely academic.  Instead, this is really an opportunity to talk to someone who can show you by experience that there really is life after graduation (Link to Description Here). 

Time Commitment:  Mentees and mentors are expected to connect at least once a month.  Beyond that, Pipeline Pairs set their own expectations for what they do and how often.  Some will connect mostly via email or Facebook, others will meet for a monthly outing to a movie or for bowling, still others will meet weekly or bi-weekly for coffee.  As long as mentors and mentees keep the lines of communication open, the pipeline is operating as it should.   Communication goes in both directions so mentees should feel comfortable reaching out to their mentors and not wait quietly for mentors to find them.

Who are the Mentors:  Mainly Black and Latino graduate students from across schools.  Their undergraduate majors will vary as will their hometowns, hobbies, volunteering and internship experience, et cetera.  Mentees should read over the mentor bios to identify potential matches based on whatever qualities fit.

Mentoring Outings/Ideas:  Share a meal or cup of coffee, visit your mentor’s school or department, Skype or talk on Facebook or other social media.  Honestly discuss your experiences with your mentor—you can expect your mentor to maintain your confidence and share any mistakes or achievements he or she had as they were moving forward on the path to the present. Play a sport or attend a sporting event (ice skating and bowling are good winter sports in the Roc).  Plan an outing with other Pipeline Project mentor pairs.  Above all, have fun.