NIU Student-Alumni Mentoring Program
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What Is a Mentor?
The odds of being engaged at work more than doubled when employed graduates had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their dreams and a professor who cared about them as a person and made them excited about learning, according to research done by Gallup and Purdue University.
A mentor is a guide, friend and resource who shares educational and professional experience to help pave the way for students to succeed at NIU and beyond.
Mentors make a difference in students’ lives. As a mentor, you will be:
- A motivator – Express belief and confidence in the mentee’s abilities and encourage the mentee to try new things.
- A resource – Teach and advise the mentee about making professional contacts and introduce the mentee to new people, places or ideas.
- A supporter – Encourage open and honest dialogue. Listen and respond to the needs of the mentee.
- A coach – Help the mentee develop and find ways to achieve realistic and meaningful goals.
How It Works
Mentees will be matched with mentors based on similar career paths, interests and availability. Mentoring sessions will run for six months for undergraduate and graduate students.
Mentors will make the initial contact and spend at least two hours per month building the mentoring relationship and helping the student identify and set goals, track progress and make changes.
Mentoring at NIU
The expansion of mentoring opportunities is a key area of NIU President Doug Baker’s goal of achieving student career success. At his inauguration, Baker announced that NIU will strive to offer peer and/or alumni mentors to all students.
The NIU Alumni Association is partnering with the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and the Division of Academic Affairs to help reach this goal.
If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Association at 815-753-1452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.