A mentor is a guide to the academic community our new students are beginning to explore. Someone who listens. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to encourage and support a new student at FAU with the goal of inspiring them to stay on the path to graduation.

More broadly, The Mentoring Project aims to leverage the power of personal mentoring relationships to increase the number of students who realize their goal of graduating from the university. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What am I expected to do? Mentors are typically matched with 2 students, but you are in control of the decision as to how many students you can support in a given year.   We ask that you connect with your students at least once per month (1-2 hours of time spent interacting with your mentee).  That contact can be face-to-face, via email, through text exchanges, or by phone.  You and your mentee will decide how to focus your time together.  Possibilities include defining academic interests; navigating increasing academic expectations; exploring options for careers or advanced study; balancing work, personal and academic commitments; finding ways to get involved at FAU, personal encouragement, and so on.
  • How long will the commitment be? We ask our mentors to commit two semesters (fall & spring or spring & fall) to your mentees.  If you must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor.
  • Are there any potential risks to me?  It is not appropriate for mentors to develop romantic relationships or engage in business transactions with their students; instead, the relationship should only involve the sharing of general information and advice.  Healthy boundaries, clear goals, and open communication are the key to minimizing risk.
  • If the relationship is not going well, what would I do? We encourage discussing your concerns directly with your student.  If you are uncomfortable doing so, contact the professional staff at The Mentoring Project.  We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.  
  • I am concerned about the health or safety of my mentee, where can I turn?  If you have concerns about the health or safety of your student, you can seek help from Counseling and Psychological Services, the Dean of Students, or the FAU Police.  A helpful guide to seeking help for students in distress is available online. In the case of an emergency, always dial 911.  After seeking support for your student, please also notify the staff in The Mentoring Program.  

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Mentor DO's

  1. COMMIT AT LEAST ONE INTERACTION/HOUR OF SUPPORT per month.  Stronger matches typically spend at least two hours connecting with one another each month.
  2. Take the first step to initiate the mentorship - you are working with a new student who may feel overwhelmed, be shy, or simply unsure of how to connect with you.  
  3. Set aside time to truly listen to your mentee and honor all appointments.
  4. Invite your student to meetings or activities, as appropriate to your role and their interests.  Plan topics to discuss during your meetings.  
  5. Arrange contacts through telephone, email, text, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.  Be flexible with meeting times and places.  
  6. Respond to emails from your student within 2 business days.  Let them know when you'll be away from campus.
  7. Keep information private that your student has shared with you, but call upon the staff at The Mentoring Project if you have concerns about their safety or well-being.
  8. Recognize your limits and refer students to campus resources as appropriate.
  9. Foster creative problem solving and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
  10. Provide honest and timely feedback to your student.
  11. Provide opportunities for the student to talk about concerns and ask questions.  Above all, LISTEN.

Mentor DON'Ts

  1. Try to give advice on everything.  We aren't asking you to be an academic or financial aid advisor; refer whenever you deem appropriate. 
  2. Encourage your student to be totally dependent upon you.
  3. Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc. unless they are constructive contributions.
  4. Be too busy when the student needs your attention or your support. If you do not have time, give your student a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.
  5. Tell a student that they cannot succeed in earning their degree at FAU.