Nominations and applications for the Staff Mentorship Program are due by Friday, June 10.
The program, offered by the Human Resources Department, is a formal, volunteer program that pairs experienced and less experienced staff in a mentoring relationship. In this program, staff can cultivate contacts, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths at the University of St. Thomas. The program also provides the opportunity to gather information, develop peer support, learn more about management and better understand St. Thomas’ institutional culture.
Mentors and mentees must attend a mentoring workshop, and the training must be completed shortly after mentors and mentees are paired. Only one mentee can be paired with a mentor. Mentoring pairs set their own schedules and participate in formal and informal programming for up to one year, beginning Aug. 17.
Potential mentors must be full-time staff members, usually with three or more years of service at St. Thomas, who want to help newer or less experienced staff members acclimate to the campus community. Nominations can be made by members of the Senior Leadership Group (see the list of members below) or another UST community member. The nominees will complete a skills inventory to help Human Resources make the best matches.
If you know a person you think would be a good mentor and who would be willing to fulfill this yearlong commitment, download a Mentor Nomination Form and Skills Inventory. (A link to this form also can be found on the Human Resources Mentorship Web page.)
A mentee is any regular full- or part-time staff member who is interested in developing a mentor-mentee relationship. This individual is interested in furthering her or his career development; receiving guidance, building a network of professional contacts with the university; and learning how to reach appropriate channels and a new level of skills.
The Staff Mentorship Program coordinator completes the matches and informs mentees and mentors of their paired match during the weeks of June 27 to July 15.
Important 2010/2011 dates:
Other time commitments include conversations by phone and e-mail, as well as scheduled meetings to discuss issues, concerns and goals.
The members of the Senior Leadership Group are:
It’s hard to believe that the Staff Mentorship Program is approaching the end of its fourth successful year. Participation has been outstanding from year to year, and we anticipate the 2011-2012 program will outperform prior years’ participation and successes.