Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).
The College of Design's annual Mentor Program helps students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. Mentoring pairs discuss student goals and then work together on career exploration, networking, and professional skill development.
The program begins each November with a kick-off event that provides an opportunity for students and mentors to meet for the first time and be given instructions for navigating the next five months of the program.
Based on student goals, mentoring pairs decide how often they will meet or talk, and what types of activities, conversations, and events they will pursue together. We ask mentors and students to connect at least once per month either by email, phone, in person, or online via Skype or a similar platform. The program wraps up in April with complimentary tickets to Design in 7.
Student Information Sessions
Student information sessions are offered annually in September.Friday, September 8, 11:30AM — 12:00 PM at Rapson 43
Monday, September 11, 3:00PM — 4:00 PM at McNeal 395
Friday, September 15, 1:00PM — 2:00 PM at McNeal 10
Monday, September 18, 3:00PM — 4:00 PM at Rapson 58
Friday, September 22, 11:30AM — 12:30 PM at Rapson 43
Monday, September 25, 3:30PM — 4:30 PM at Rapson 58
Mentor Training and Information Session
Thursday September 21, 2017Mentor Training and Information Session Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:00–9:00 AM, 225 Rapson Hall
Interested in mentoring a design student? Join us for a training and information session to learn more about the mentor program. During the session, you will learn about your role as a mentor as well as hear advice from past mentor and student participants. A great opportunity whether you are new to mentoring or have been away from the program for a while. For more information or to sign-up to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Kick-offTuesday, November 7, 2017
McNamara Alumni Center
View pictures from last year's event.
Annually in April at Design in 7.
A few of the organizations that participate in the mentorship program.
- Mentors: Application for new and returning members.
- Time Commitment and Expectations
- Students: Eligible students will receive an emailed invitation with an application link in September.
- Requirements for Student Participants
Resources and Training Handbooks
- Program Handbook
- Suggested Activities
- Mentoring Guide Mobile App
(download for free)
- The College of Design blog
- University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Mentor Connection
- College of Design Academic Programs
Director of Alumni Relations