Alumni Mentoring Program

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Alumni Mentoring Program

The Office of Alumni Relations is proud to partner with the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (MOSAIC) to pair alumni mentors with students seeking academic, career and/or personal guidance to achieve their goals.

When you express interest in serving as a mentor, we will do our best to pair you with a student so that you can begin your mentoring relationship. The program focuses specifically on first-year freshman and transfer students, along with students from diverse backgrounds. These mentorships are specifically designed to help students transition into life at UCCS. This program aims to establish a helpful network of support for our students that can help to assist and guide students throughout their collegiate career. Our vision includes promoting the student's self-reliance and successful graduation. The program challenges students to work through personal and academic challenges, and build self-esteem and confidence through the pursuit of higher education.

Benefits of Being a Mentor

  • Allows you to share your knowledge and experience that you have gained throughout your career
  • Facilitates the mentee's personal and professional growth
  • Adds to your own professional growth and make you more of an asset to your department
  • Strengthens your coaching and leadership skills
  • Allows you to work with individuals with different backgrounds and personality types
  • Gives you personal satisfaction of contributing to a student's development
  • Gives you the opportunity to be able to inspire someone to do great things in their future endeavors

Expectations of Mentors

  • Make the initial contact to establish the relationship between the mentee and mentor
  • Will set up regular meetings with mentees and may meet for lunch or coffee, communicate by email, or phone
  • Spend time with mentee (there are a lot of creative things you can do, as well as use your office hours to meet)
  • May discuss academics, hobbies, transitional issues (homesickness), career aspirations, etc.
  • Provide assistance to the mentee while they attempt to navigate their college experience
  • Encourage students to get involved on campus through clubs, organizations, on campus jobs, etc.

Time Commitment

We recognize that the time you invest in the mentoring relationship will depend partly on your own availability but also on the needs of your student. While we recommend that you try to connect at least once per month, we allow you to establish a meeting frequency that works with both of your schedules.

How to Sign Up

To sign up as a mentor, please visit our volunteer interest form and check the box stating that you would like to serve as a mentor to a student in need. We will get in touch with you as soon as we have paired you with a mentee.

Alternatively, you can also send an email expressing your interest to the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@uccs.edu.