College of Design
Mentor Program

2013 Mentor Kick Off


The College of Design facilitates an annual program that helps students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. Together, mentoring pairs discuss the goals of the students and help with career exploration, networking, and professional skill building.


The program begins each November with a Kick-off event which provides an opportunity for the student and mentor to meet for the first time and gives direction for the next 5 months of the program. During the months of the program, mentors and students determine how often they will connect and the different types of activities or events in which they will participate. We ask mentors and students to connect at least once per month either by email, in-person, or Skype. The program officially wraps up in early April at an appreciation event.



Student information sessions - ongoing through September


Mentor Training and Information session, September 22


Program Kick-off, November 2, 2016
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

View pictures from last year's event



Program Closing, April 5, 2017 - Design in 7



View descriptions of each of the College of Design undergraduate and graduate programs.



View more information about requirements for student participants.







mentor logosA few of the organizations that participate in the mentorship program.



View more information about time commitment and expectations.







Mentor application- for new and returning mentors


Student application - eligible students will receive an emailed invitation with application link beginning September 6



Resources and
Training Links


Program Handbook


Mentoring Guide Mobile App

(download for free)


2016-17 List of Mentors


College of Design blog: D@MN


University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Mentor Connection


Video of CDes mentor and student pair (featured at the UMAA Annual Celebration on May 3, 2011)



Contact Information

Lori Mollberg, Mentor Program Coordinator


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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