CS Mentoring Program

What is the (new) CS Mentoring program

The CS Mentoring program is a growing network of CS majors who cultivate supportive and inclusive mentoring relationships with students interested in pursuing a CS degree. The goal of the mentor program is to support students' well-being and success, and, in turn, foster a greater sense of community in the department.   

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Who can be a mentor?

Any declared Computer Science major or graduate student can sign up to be a mentor! If you take on this role, we will provide you with ongoing training and support to facilitate your professional development and give you the resources to cultivate a positive growth experience for you and your mentee.

Why should I become a mentor?

You should be a mentor for two reasons. First, you would get to provide guidance, encouragement and support to a less experienced student.  You are further along in your CS educational journey than your mentee and this is a chance to share what you’ve learned along the way!  Second, mentoring isn’t just for your mentee; research shows that mentors see their own growth in professional development, communication and leadership skills.

Who can be a mentee?

If you're considering a Computer Science major and are currently taking CSCI 141, 145, 241, 247 or 301 you can sign up to be a mentee.

Why should I become a mentee?

You should sign up as a mentee if you want the perspective of someone who is a step or two ahead of you on the path to getting their CS degree. Your mentor is here to provide encouragement and advice, answer questions that you have, and direct you to people or resources that can help you. 

What are the expectations of a mentor/mentee?

As a mentor in this program we expect you to:

  • Meet with your mentee up to one hour per month. This could be a weekly 15 minute conversation, or a monthly one hour chat. We suggest shorter, more regular conversations at first, but as you develop rapport a single, longer conversation might be more appropriate.
  • Get to know your mentee and accept them for who they are regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, educational background, or socioeconomic background
  • Listen actively, ask questions and show that you care about your mentee’s success
  • Provide guidance, support, and encouragement

What is not expected of a mentor?

A mentor is not a tutor, a therapist, an academic advisor, or a counselor.  Mentors can touch on many topics but if the mentee has a serious need you should be directing them to appropriate resources.  We’ll help you with that and you can always turn to us if you, as a mentor, need advice.