Mentor Program

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

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 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

Annually in April at Design in 7.

A few of the organizations that participate in the mentorship program.

2017–18 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Gardner Builders
Wold Architects
Silver Sponsors
Haworth Made for Retail
Bronze Sponsors

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Lori Mollberg
Director of Alumni Relations