Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
- Strengthen ties to Xavier University, especially of Xavier University alumni
- Interact with and guide the next generation of professionals
- Gain satisfaction with helping in the development of another person
- Receive a higher profile for your company or industry at Xavier University
- Opportunity to work with and learn from your student mentee as an intern or new employee within your organization/company.
What are the requirements to participate?
To provide a beneficial experience to Xavier students, potential mentors must have at least four years experience beyond their undergraduate degree. The requirements beyond that are flexible in order to acquire the multitude of talented and capable mentors not often associated with a traditional mentor structure. To facilitate the demand of students within the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education, mentors from diverse fields and possessing a wealth of experiences are needed. In addition, mentors who live or work outside the greater Cincinnati area are eligible to participate since the majority of communication is done over the phone or via e-mail. Overall, if you feel you have the skills, resources and abilities to assist a Xavier student throughout college and are able to meet the goals and objectives of this program, please sign up for this wonderful program!
How do I apply?
You must first fill out a short online application requesting to serve as a mentor. This form will take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please note that there are two separate mentoring programs: one for liberal arts students and another for Criminal Justice majors, a collaborate program forged with the Criminal Justice department. If you’re unsure which program to join, contact the program coordinator Jonika Moore-Diggs for additional information.
How much time will I be expected to commit to the program?
Since this program is driven by the individual student’s level of need, usually no more than an hour or two per month is needed. Most commonly, the form of communication is electronic via e-mail, however, mentors are asked to make the first contact with their student mentee by phone. Afterwards, students are responsible in initiating further contact regarding queries for advice, coaching, opinions and direction.
What happens after I select my student?
Once a mentor commits to this program, there is no orientation or training session, no scheduled regimen of meetings and events, nor required activities or tasks. It is important to note that one mentor’s specific role and relationship will vary from other Xavier mentors and that mentoring styles differ depending on the nature of activities, frequency of contact, and individual personality of your student. Regardless, good mentors are approachable, available, and leave a strong impression on their students. We encourage each mentor to thoroughly review the Mentor Handbook prior to connecting with their mentee.
Tell me about the students participating in this program.
Any liberal arts student who has a general idea of what they would like to do after graduation can participate in the program. This includes students from the College of Arts and Sciences and students from the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education. Students in their sophomore year to first semester of their senior year can participate. We also allow graduate students to sign up for the program.
How do I select my student?
After your mentor application is approved, you will be directed to a list of students currently without a mentee. To narrow down the list of potential mentees suitable to you, you can query the students in the program based on hometown and major. Once you have selected a student, you will receive an email confirming your choice. For additional information, please review the Selecting a Mentee power point.
Am I responsible for getting a job/internship for my mentee?
Absolutely not! Mentees understand that you are not responsible for offering them a job or internship. The purpose of this program is to provide students additional support and guidance, which could, but not always, lead to tips about jobs/internships.
Where can I get more information?
Download the mentor information page, the Mentor handbook or contact Jonika Moore-Diggs, the mentor program coordinator, with questions. Also check out the Mentoring Program Survey data to see what mentors and mentees are saying about the program. We also have a page of resources entitled Success Tools to assist you and your mentee as you build and sustain a good relationship.