In this course, mentors will learn about and develop the qualities of an effective mentor and leader.
During the class sessions, mentors will discuss and share their mentoring experience, participate in experiential learning activities, interact with guest speakers including Purdue Alumni who are passionate about mentoring, and engage in self-reflection. Outside assignments will be given to provide mentors the opportunity to (1) gain hands-on experience with mentoring and leadership and (2) learn more about best mentoring practices in businesses.
What will mentors do during the off-weeks when the class is not meeting?
On the off weeks, mentors will engage in activities and attend events with their mentees related to what was studied during the prior week's class.
What types of events mentors and mentees might attend together?
One of the mentees’ favorite events was attending a career fair with their mentor and learning about how to prepare for, navigate, and become more comfortable with the career fair experience. Mentors felt they benefited equally from the experience. It challenged them to articulate how to be successful at a career fair and built their confidence in their own professional and networking skills.
Is this a graded course?
Yes. Assignments will be given every other week for mentors to complete, which often require the mentor to interact with his or her mentee(s). These assignments are designed to further the development of both mentees and mentors. Additional components of a mentor's grade include participation, attendance, a short paper critiquing a mentoring program, and a reflection paper due at the end of the semester.
If I have additional questions about the KMP mentoring course who should I contact?
Denise Driscoll is the instructor for this course and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.