Today’s blog is an update on the progress so far from our mentoring program!
Our initial survey was a hit – we had many graduate students indicate they were interested in having a mentor, and we were able to gauge what types of mentors people wanted. We took this information/some feedback from our graduates and mentors that signed up initially, and we were able to narrow down some of the important aspects of mentor pairs from a graduate perspective. As a result, we created two new surveys (these MUST be filled out in order to be assigned a mentor!):
For Mentors: https://goo.gl/forms/BquyV6ez1fvGRqB43
For Graduate Mentees: https://goo.gl/forms/BXTYWIjV8Dj2OC6k2
At this time, we are still low on mentors (especially in academia and government), so we are currently waiting for more mentors to sign up in order to pair students interested in these areas with a match! If you know anyone who may be a good candidate to mentor for this program – please spread the word! One of the things that impresses me the most about SWE is the ability to access such a huge network of dedicated people who are always willing to help build up our STEM community. I have been able to access some great committees/ regions/ sections that have been very helpful in promoting this initiative to our membership!
The process of developing a mentoring program takes time to implement, since we are building this for the first time. There will be another round of mentor pairings sent out within the week for mentor/mentee approval, but for some students with specific requests/ specialized fields, this process is taking a bit of time to find the right match. I sincerely thank those that have signed up for their continued patience!
Some people have expressed interest in meeting and discussing this program/ meeting other people who have signed up at WE 16! Though some mentors have set up lunch/ a meeting with their mentees already, another option for this is to join us at our GradSWE meeting on Thursday, October 27th from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM and meet other students who are involved in mentoring! We will also be setting up an online group in the near future for mentoring – so anyone who fills out this new survey will be sent the link to access the group if they so choose. Remember, if you have not filled out the new survey above, you will not be assigned a mentor, or gain access to the mentoring group.
I want to thank you all for your positive feedback and kind words supporting this initiative. I have received so many wonderful emails and personal stories about how mentoring has impacted people, and how excited people are about the opportunity to try mentoring/ being mentored through GradSWE! I am so happy that as a result of this program, I am also able to get to know some of you on a personal level as well. I hope to get to meet many of you at WE 16!