Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

The Role of the Mentor

  • Establish high expectation for personal, social, and academic performance
  • Challenge the mentee's plan for success
  • Motivate the mentee to accomplish both short and long term goals
  • Listen to concerns and make the appropriate referrals when applicable
  • Empower the mentee to take responsibility for personal, social, and academic success
  • Foster self-confidence
  • Model positive attitude and behaviors
  • Explain the rules and regulations of the Mentoring Program
  • Facilitate critical thinking opportunities
  • Formulate goals and assign tasks for the duration of the mentoring relationship
  • Offer kind words as a source of inspiration
  • Confront inappropriate behavior and attitudes
  • Support the School of Science and Technology retention initiatives
  • Assist the mentee with establishing personal and professional contacts
  • Mentors have a positive attitude, character, and integrity

The Responsibilities of the Mentor

  • Mentors informally or formally teach mentees how to acquire the skills necessary for successful performance at school and work
  • Mentors provide guidance and wisdom based on their level of competence and experience. Mentors also refer mentees when the concern presented is outside of the mentor's expertise
  • Mentors reinforce the positive decisions of their mentee by serving as a sound board and sharing encouraging words
  • Mentors facilitate lines of open communication
  • Mentors serve as the mentee's role model, friend, and confidante
  • Mentors participate in training and in-service activities to stay abreast of effective mentoring practices
  • Mentors confront the negavtive behavior and attitude exhibited by the mentee, when applicable