Formal mentoring programs are often resource-intensive, require a lot of oversight and administration, and successful ones typically have a low saturation point and don’t reach as many students as they could. Wake Forest University has developed an innovative approach to mentoring: their centralized Mentoring Resource Center operates a decentralized model of mentoring. Rather than running and operating formal mentoring programs, matching mentors with mentees, this model builds the capacity of others across campus in order to develop a network of supportive relationships.
This model delivers training, guidance, resources, support, and recognition to formal and informal mentoring relationships. By empowering faculty, staff, and administrators to engage in effective mentoring relationships, it helps Wake Forest reach the goal of providing every student the opportunity to engage in an effective mentoring relationship.
Join us for this webcast to learn more about Wake Forest’s aspirational model, which has helped to develop program plans, identify mentors/mentees, create marketing messages, and effectively evaluate program progress – all while educating the community on the practices of effective mentoring.
Who Should Attend
Institutional leaders looking for ways to build exceptional faculty and student engagement, prioritize mentoring as a means of student success, and strengthen the mentoring culture on their campus will leave this webcast with ideas to inspire and inform their own efforts.
Student success, career services, and alumni relations professionals looking to strengthen their own mentorship programs will also benefit.
We’ve designed this 60-minute broadcast to showcase an innovative practice in higher education. While we can’t promise that you’ll be able to replicate Wake Forest’s success, you will learn about the main successes and challenges of their model. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask questions and get a few pieces of advice about how to proceed on your campus.
Allison E. McWilliams, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University