Mentor Program

Presented by the Design Student & Alumni Board (DSAB).

The College of Design's annual Mentor Program helps junior, senior and graduate students grow professionally by matching them with a mentor in their field of study. Mentoring pairs discuss student career goals and interests, and then work together to pursue those goals through career exploration, networking, and professional skill development.

The program begins in November with a kick-off event that provides an opportunity for students and mentors to meet for the first time and receive instructions to help them navigate the next five months of the program together.

Mentoring pairs decide how often they will meet or talk and what types of conversations and activities they will engage in together. We recommended connecting at least once per month but ultimately it is up to the pair to discuss and decide. The program concludes in April with complimentary tickets to Design in 7.

Student Information Sessions

There will be no in-person student information sessions during the 2018-19 academic year. Students are asked to carefully review the information on this website along with the detailed agreement about roles and responsibilities posted at the beginning of the student application before completing an application to be matched with a mentor. If you have questions, contact the program office at

Mentor Training and Information Session

New Mentors Training and Information Session
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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

Program Kick-off

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
McNamara Alumni Center
6:30-8:30 PM

View pictures from last year's event.

Program Closing

April 2019 at Design in 7

Complimentary tickets are available to program participants.



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Krystianna Johnson
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Lori Mollberg
Director of Alumni Relations