Building a Culture of Mentoring at Your Institution

Eugene, OR | October 7, 2024 9:00 am PT - October 8, 2024 12:00 pm PT

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This training will not be available asynchronously.

Building a Culture of Mentoring at Your Institution

Eugene, OR | October 7, 2024 9:00 am PT - October 8, 2024 12:00 pm PT

Learn how mentoring can transform institutional culture and increase student, staff, and faculty success.


Increasingly, higher ed understands the institutional benefits of mentoring to students, staff, and faculty, but creating the conditions for mentoring to flourish remains challenging. Join us for a unique in-person experience where you will learn:  

  • How to build a culture of mentoring at your institution. 
  • The pros and cons of different mentoring models. 
  • Best practices and principles for effective mentoring relationships. 
  • How you can design mentoring to promote inclusion and institutional belonging. 
  • What to consider when designing mentoring programs and initiatives. 

Whether attending individually or as a team, you will have the opportunity to directly engage with our experts, connect with higher education professionals across the country doing similar work, and apply your learning to kickstart your work after the conference.  

Who should attend?

This in-person event is designed for mentors and mentees of all levels, as well as for individuals and teams interested in designing mentoring programs and initiatives and in building a culture of mentoring at their institutions.

Register 3 or more people, and save!

  • Members: $1,667 per registration (3 or more)
  • Non-members: $1,833 per registration (3 or more)



Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.
Day One – Monday, October 7, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. PT (local time in Eugene, OR)


Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.



Creating a Culture of Mentoring at Your Institution
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
To kick off our time together, Sierra Dawson, the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Leadership Development at University of Oregon, will facilitate an expert panel on how to build a sustainable culture of mentoring at an institution. Different institutional audiences and perspectives, including faculty, students, and staff will be represented.



Morning Break
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.



Mentoring Models: From Guru to Network Approaches
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
During this session, you will learn about the variety of mentoring models, including the benefits of models that disrupt the traditional “apprentice” or “guru” style of mentoring. You will have the chance to brainstorm the ways that different models may work for your goals and learn practical tips on how to create these sorts of relationships individually and to support them culturally.



12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



Designing Mentoring Programs to Promote Retention & Success
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Some mentoring relationships can perpetuate existing discriminations or inequities, yet mentoring can also be intentionally designed to advance equity and inclusion. In this session, our expert speakers will walk you through best practices for creating mentoring programs and initiatives that promote retention and success at your institution.



Creating Successful Mentoring Relationships
2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
Maintaining mentoring relationships, both as a mentor and as a mentee, can be a lot of work and can also present special challenges. During this session, you will learn strategies for setting expectations and goals, and managing conflict, from both an individual and programmatic perspective.



Afternoon Break
3:10 – 3:25 p.m.



Applying What You Learned: Group Discussion & Case Studies
3:25 – 4:45 p.m.
We will conclude Day 1 with the opportunity to apply your new learning to specific scenarios. In groups, you will work through scenario-based case studies to better prepare you for the conversations that mentors and mentees will inevitably have around social, generational, and other kinds of difference.



Networking Reception
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have some refreshments on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, so this is a great time to catch up with attendees and speakers with whom you may not have connected yet.



Day Two – Tuesday, October 8, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT (local time in Eugene, OR)
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.



Reflection and Questions from Day 1
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
To start the second day, we will give you some time to reflect on what you have learned so far, and to bring up questions you would like answered in the remainder of the workshop.



Design Considerations for Mentoring Programs & Initiatives
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
During this hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to work in groups based on where you are in the process of creating mentoring programs and initiatives at your institution. Our expert facilitators will guide you through design considerations—whether you are just starting a mentoring program or initiative or refining an existing one.



Closing: What Will You Do Next?
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
We will conclude our time together by having you share your plans for after the conference and then facilitating connections and networking among participants and groups with similar goals and plans, so that you have an action plan after the conference.


Save on In-Person Conference Registrations

Attend any three in-person conferences for $5,000 for Members ($5,500 for Non-Members) – or $1,667 dollars per registration for Members ($1,833 for Non-Members) – with a Conference 3-Pack. There’s no one way to use your 3-Pack!

  • Send 3 people to the same conference
  • Send 3 individuals to different conferences
  • Experience 3 different conferences yourself

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University of Oregon

1501 Kincaid Street

Eugene, OR 97403


Recommended Hotel:

The Gordon Hotel

555 Oak St

Eugene, OR 97401

A discounted room rate of $215/night is available if you use this link to book your room before September 13, 2024.