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Candid Conversations 365

Candid Conversations 365 is a new year-long mentoring program for women in higher education sponsored by the Center for Women.  Based on a growing demand for strong female mentorships in the field, the Center for Women developed this program to create intentional and meaningful relationships in higher education. Female mentors and mentees are asked to apply for the program and will be hand matched based on submitted application materials.  The Center for Women will develop programming each month for mentees and mentors to discuss and the program for the first cohort will last 12 months.  Monthly programming is meant to serve as a guideline and to provide content and structure for the first year of the program. Participation is limited and application based. 

Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort for mentees closed Friday, June 8.  Apply to become a mentor until July  13.

Program Call Date
Applications Open April 2
Mentee Applications Close June 8
Mentor Applications Close July 13
Acceptance Notifications July 13
Mentor / Mentee Matches Released August 1
Apply to be a mentor  

MISSON:

To support, connect, empower and educate women at all professional levels within higher education by fostering mentorship relationships through providing opportunities for professional growth and learning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

As a result of participation in this program, mentees will:

  • Establish supportive and encouraging relationships with other women in higher education.
  • Obtain feedback and advice on professional matters regarding being a woman in higher education.
  • Learn about, analyze, and discuss topics, issues, and current events facing the community of women in higher education.

As a result of participation in this program, mentors will:

  • Establish supportive and encouraging relationships with other women in higher education.
  • Develop confidence and comfort in providing guidance and advice on professional matters regarding being a women in higher education.
  • Learn about, analyze, and discuss topics, issues, and current events facing the community of women in higher education.

Program Expectations:

Prior to applying for the program, be sure to review the expectations of mentors and mentees.  It is only natural that both mentees and mentors will enter this partnership with expectations. Clear and honest conversation can help to ensure that this program will meet all participants’ expectations. Therefore, we encourage you to discuss your own expectations of the program, and of each other, to jumpstart your mentorship relationship. 

Below, please find standard expectations that the Center for Women assumes of you as a participant in this program. Once matched, feel free to establish additional ones on your own. Remember, a mentoring relationship is only successful when both people showcase respect, consideration, thoughtfulness, appreciation, and initiative. 

Expectations of Mentees: 

  • Respond to your mentor’s communication within a reasonable amount of time. Your communication should be professional and appropriate. Take initiative to drive the conversation in a way that informs your own career development and goals. 
  • Keep your commitments. If you must cancel, try to do so within 24 hours. Actively participate in monthly programming. Inform both your mentor and NASPA if you are unable to attend prior to the event. 
  • Keep the content of your conversations with your mentor confidential. Within appropriate legal limitations, respect your mentor’s privacy by not sharing your discussions without permission. 
  • Accept guidance, advice, and suggestions graciously. Show appreciation and respect for your mentor’s time and effort.

Expectations of Mentors: 

  • Take the lead. Be in regular contact with your mentee. Aim for at least one exchange per month over the course of the program’s 12-month duration, though you are welcome to communicate more frequently. For the program, the participants are strongly encouraged to meet via video chat or face-to-face. 
  • Keep your commitments. If you must cancel, try to do so within 24 hours. Actively participate in monthly programming. Inform both your mentee and NASPA if you are unable to attend prior to the event. 
  • Keep the content of your conversations with your mentee confidential. Within appropriate legal limitations, respect your mentee’s privacy by not sharing your discussions without permission. 
  • Support and provide your mentee with guidance, advice, encouragement, and suggestions. Do not judge or evaluate. Make this a safe space for reflection, growth, and development.

Questions? More Information? 

Contact:

Melanie Fox, Candid Conversations 365 Chair, Center for Women Board member, [email protected]
Lucy Fort, NASPA Associate Director, NASPA Foundation, [email protected]