MENASA Mentorship Program
The MENASA NASPA mentor program has been developed upon the feedback of area professionals to provide a guided mentoring partnership for full-time professionals. Opportunities for mid-level professionals (4-8 years) may also exist as available. Participants will engage through online webinars, mentorship from a mid-level or senior level experienced Student Affairs professional, and a session at the Annual MENASA NASPA regional conference. The majority of mentoring will be via online or distance communication methods (video chat, social media, email, and/or telephone) to overcome issues presented by distance/remote locations, or a lack of accessible local professional peers.
Mentoring is a valuable component for professional growth as it partners less experienced individuals with a more experienced peer who is knowledgeable and interested in developing the skills, capability and confidence of emerging student services professionals. Further, the mentoring process can increase personal effectiveness, explore career development, skill attainment, gain field specific insights and guidance.
Mentors will have at least 5 years of experiences in student affairs and services and Mentees will be new to student affairs and services and have under 5 years of experience:
Specific goals for the MENASA NASPA Mentor Program are to:
- Provide participants with professional growth opportunities, within a regional perspective, that support field specific knowledge, career development, and the attainment of professional qualities.
- Partner mentees with mid or senior level student affairs/services professionals who have significant experience and demonstrated a professional commitment to the field of student affairs/services.
- Promote professional development through mentorship activities which promote personal goal setting, self-reflection, and gaining knowledge of the profession.
- Provide opportunities for new professionals to network within the region with peers.
Topics for exploration in the program may include transitioning, networking, career advancement, developing leadership attributes, accountability, skill attainment, navigating campus politics, supervising personnel, and others.
This program will enhance your understanding of issues in our global workplace and is a means for knowledge sharing and skill development by connecting emerging practitioners with established student affairs/services leaders across the MENASA Area.
To accomplish the above the program will operate based on the following:
- The program will operate from October through April, with applications for both Mentees and Mentors accepted October to Mid-November (see below for application details).
- Participants must be available to interact twice a month (minimum of once a month) for the specified period, and work towards a mutual agreeable time, frequency, and method for interactions. Interactions ideally would be once a month via video/audio exchange and once a month via e-mail or other written correspondence.
- Participants must identify goals for each pairing and a means for achieving each goal.
- Participants must maintain regular contact with their paired professional, and with the program administrators.
Applications for the program will be accepted from October 16 – November 8, 2018. Applications for both mentee and mentor roles are available below. Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants and requests, however there may be a limited number of spaces based on registration. If you have any questions, on being part of this program, please email the MENASA NASPA Area Director at [email protected]