BECOMING A MENTOR
Serving as a mentor can be personally rewarding and a great way to give back while reconnecting with USC. The USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Mentoring Program provides a framework for current LGBT students (undergraduate and graduate) to connect with alumni who have a similar background. The program matches mentees with mentors and aims to provide the foundation necessary to establish a lasting professional relationship that is mutually enriching for both mentee and mentor.
In choosing to serve as a mentor, you have made a commitment to use your valuable time to guide an individual’s professional development. Your participation will make a difference in someone’s life – and further embodies the spirit of the Trojan Family. To help create a meaningful and transformational experience, the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Mentoring Program asks both mentees and mentors to commit to their respective role. Those interested in serving as mentors should anticipate investing roughly 20 hours over the course of the year and the mentor’s responsibilities include:
•Maintain communication with their mentee, either virtually or via face-to-face meetings.
•Participate in at least four substantive meetings with their mentee during the term of the program (October-May).
•Notify their mentees in advance if they need to reschedule a confirmed meeting.
•Attend the Kick Off meeting on October 18, and review the Mentor Manual beforehand.
•Attend the Fall Event (date TBD), the Spring Event (date TBD), and the end of year celebration on April 29, 2018.
•Notify the mentoring director promptly if s/he cannot attend a mentorship program/event, if the mentoring relationship is not working, or if there is a breach in professionalism in the relationship.
Mentors are required to attend four mandatory events throughout the year. Please review the following calendar of events to confirm that you are available to participate:
•Wednesday, Oct. 18: Kick Off Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
•TBD: Fall Event, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
•TBD: Spring Event, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
•Sunday, April 29: New Scholars Reception and Celebration, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
To help facilitate interactions with other mentors and mentees, additional optional events will be offered to program participants throughout the year.
If you have questions or concerns about the meetings, events, or the overall program, please contact the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Director, Miguel A. Vásquez, at email@example.com.
Our goal is to match mentors and mentees based on similar professional fields whenever possible. When that is not possible, we will match you with a mentee who may be looking for your particular professional strengths and/or share some of your interests. Ultimately, we believe the ideal mentoring dynamic is between a mentor willing to teach and guide, through their life experiences, and a mentee open to learning.
Applying to be a Mentor
The application to serve as a mentor is online and consists of four sections that ask about your background and work experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, though the final deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2017.