Design Mentor Program

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

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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.

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.

New Online Mentor Program Platform

We are excited to introduce a new online platform to manage the program through the University of Minnesota’s Maroon and Gold Network powered by PeopleGrove. Design mentor program participants will have access to the University's broad alumni community and other Design Mentor Program participants, web meeting tools, and other program resources to support your work together. It will also make program management, communication, and future registration even easier.  NOTE: When you register online, 'Join" the College of Design Mentor Program on the Maroon & Gold Network. As you register, you will be joining both.

Information Sessions, Roles & Responsibilities

Program Timeline:

Aug. 12-Sept. 30  Student Application Period
Aug. 12-Oct. 11 

Mentor Application Period
(Applications preferred by September 30)

Sept. 25-30

Students browse mentor profiles and select favorites

Sept. 19

New Mentor Information Session (optional)
225 Rapson Hall, 8-9 AM

Oct. 14-28    

Match Notification Period (match letters sent by email)

Nov. 6

Mentor Kick-off Event, McNamara Alumni Center,
6:30 Check-in, 7:00 Welcome
7:15-8:30 Mentor Pairs Meet

April 15

Program closing event:
Design in 7
(complimentary tickets)

April 15-30   Program Evaluation Period


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Brian Green
Mentor Program Manager | Student Engagement Coordinator

Lori Mollberg
Director of Alumni Relations