A University-Community Mentoring Culture


Here is What Probably Happened

It is very doubtful that the UWM mentoring programS knew of and used this author’s “Developmental Mentoring Continuum” Model when they developed their approach to comprehensive, campus-and- beyond mentoring.  It’s more likely the case that earlier experiences in mentoring were found to be fruitful for the university’s goals and programs, and for their peoples’ needs. And then that mentoring applications proliferated across the campus and out into the community, being applied across time to meet other needs by other groups than just the original one.

Never-the-less, this university’s “mentoring culture” (author’s term) approach is a wonderful example of the Developmental Mentoring Continuum in action. Thanks UWM for modeling for us what the potential for mentoring may truly be!

Here is a more comprehensive view of the diverse across-campus-and-beyond mentoring
array of services might look like. The varied approaches to mentoring are labeled in the column headings according to the labels in the “Developmental Mentoring Continuum“.

A VISUAL Model of the UWM Mentoring ProgramS – A Holistic View

Visual Model of the UWM Mentoring ProgramS
Students BEFORE UWM Attendance
First Year UWM Students
Upper class UWM Students
UWM Employees
UWM Mentoring Community Members
Students Mentoring K12 Students
First Year Center Campus Ambassadors
and Mentoring Program
Economics Student-Alumni Mentoring
New Faculty Mentoring Program
The UWM Experts Directory
School of Business Student-Alumni
Multicultural Mentoring Program
Employee Development Mentoring Program
(experienced staff)
Master of Library &
Info Sci. Student Advising & Mentoring
Classified Staff Mentoring Program
Office of Student Life
Mentoring-Advising Program
Peer Outreach &
Mentoring Center Program
International Student
Peer Mentoring
STAR Mentoring Program
– Students Taking Academic Responsibility (probationary)

Campus specific mentoring programs for students are in the second and third columns, The PINK boxes are mentoring programs to support all students at every level. Some are program specific, others are not.

In the third column are the mentoring programs which link upperclassmen and graduate students with alumni mentors to help UWM graduates find greater and sooner success in the world of work after their education.

In the left column is the university’s student outreach to K12 students to help them increase knowledge and skills, believe in themselves and their chance to succeed in college level work (and, IF they eventually become UWM students, they will arrive at a higher skill and learning level).

In the far right column is the faculty expert mentoring services for the media in the community.

Descriptions of Each Individual Mentoring Programs At UWM

The following are the details about each of the mentoring programs mentioned above in the table. They are presented starting in the left hand column and moving to each column going left to right, to follow the developmental sequence the table portrays.

UWM Students Mentoring K12 Students Program

The Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership facilitates UWM students’ work within local community Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs. Activities are structured for each day of the week for students interested in mentoring. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to put hope in a child’s future by putting a friend in a child’s life. The site-based mentoring program is an opportunity for volunteers to be matched with a child at a local elementary school. Activities are defined by the child and the site coordinator, and might include tutoring and social/recreational activities.

The UWM First Year Center Campus Ambassadors and Mentoring Program

The First Year Center is the one stop where you can find all the information about valuable resources on campus. The mission of the First Year Center is to provide quality comprehensive services to new freshmen and transfer students enrolled at UWM.

The First Year Center is also home base to the Campus Ambassadors and Mentors who, during the academic year, will reconvene their orientation groups, meet one-on-one and maintain communication with their first-year students, and assist in the development of targeted first-year programming.

Master of Library & Information Science Advising & Mentoring. (MLIS)

Students thinking of enrolling in the MLIS program are welcome to meet and discuss their questions and concerns with one of the School’s Graduate Academic Advisors.

Once accepted by the School of Information Studies, students are expected to work closely with their advisors and their assigned faculty mentor to tailor a program that best suits their interests and career goals.

At the time of admission to the master’s degree program, a faculty mentor will be assigned to each student. The letter of admission to the master’s degree program includes the name and contact information of the faculty mentor and an invitation to consult with him or her.

Office of Student Life Student Support Service and Mentoring Programs:

Through its programs and services UW-Milwaukee’s Office of Student Life (OSL) provides a holistic approach to student development that includes social, intellectual, emotional, physical, and cultural growth. OSL models leadership, responsibility, service, and respect for diversity by providing a framework for purposeful and meaningful experiences that empower students to reach their full potential.

To this end, OSL provides activities related to:

* Student leadership development, * Self awareness and personal growth,

* Cultural diversity, campus civility, and student safety,

* Experiential learning and community involvement,

* Social and cultural activities,

* Providing students with university information, and

* Student support and mentoring

UW–Milwaukee: Tutoring and Mentoring Resources

The program message is, “You don’t have to be alone in your studies. UWM has ample tutoring and mentoring opportunities to help you navigate the rocky patches.” …The Peer Outreach & Mentoring Center was created by students for students, The peer mentoring Program can assist any student in areas of personal growth, social experience and college life. The program seeks mentors who are enthusiastic and dedicated students who will be a sounding board for other students’ questions and a “shoulder to lean on” during midterms and finals.

International Student Peer Mentoring

The Center for International Education – Global Studies Association has a Peer Mentoring Program which pairs a U.S. student with an international student to help in the process of getting acquainted with UWM, American culture, and daily life in Milwaukee. This is a great learning opportunity and experience for any globally minded individual. Peer mentors often report that they really enjoy helping others and learn a great deal themselves from the interactions with their international protege.

The STAR (Student s Taking Academic Responsibility) Mentoring Program

STAR Mentoring Program is a semester-long intensive mentoring program for first-time academic probation University students. The Program provides a mentor for each student as they work to get back to good academic standing. The STAR Program mentors assist students with becoming more focused by working together to address challenges, improve strengths, and connect to the various resources on campus that can help them reach their academic and career goals.

There is no financial cost to participate in STAR. However, participation requires a commitment on the part of the student to attend their weekly appointments (for 30 minutes) with their mentors and to work hard to improve their academics. A combination of students and professionals from across campus volunteer each semester to be mentors for the STAR Program.

Training and resources are provided.

Ideally, meetings with a mentor will begin within the first few weeks of the semester. Excluding the fIrst two weeks of school and falls week, a men or and STAR participant should be able to meet for at least ten sessions. Below is a brief outline of the different topics that a mentor and STAR participant may discuss during their weekly meetings.

Goal-setting is a primary focus, which serves to encompass a variety of skill-building
activities, including time management, motivation, and prioritizing their activities.

STAR  Program  Weekly  Course  Outline

  • Session #1
    • 1. Introductions/Getting to know each other
    • 2. Appreciative Living Self-Assessment questionnaire
    • 3. Important drop/ add dates
    • 4. Academic Goals: long term, upcoming semester*For your next meeting, bring in all course syllabi
  • Session #2
    • 1. Go through each course syllabi and record important dates
    • 2. Organization discussion
    • 3. Goals to complete for next week*For your next meeting, bring in a copy of your transcript
  • Session #3
    • 1. Learning styles
    • 2. Study strategies, including how to calculate your grade point average
    • 3. Goals to complete for next week
  • Session #4
    • 1. Procrastination issues
    • 2. Time management strategies
    • 3. Goals to complete for next week
  • Session #5
    • 1. Discussion of classes and assignments
    • 2. Major/Career discussion: on the right path?
    • 3. Goals to complete for next week**meet with an advisor to plan for spring classes
  • Session #6
    • 1. Review of semester goals
    • 2. Plans for the second half of the semester
    • 3. Goals to complete for next week
  • Session #7
    • 1. Stress management strategies
    • 2. Goals to complete for next week
  • Session #8
    • 1. Review of topics covered in past meetings
    • 2. Goals to complete for next week
  • Session #9
    • 1. Discuss plans for studying for finals
    • 2. End of semester concerns, if any
    • 3. Fill out electronic evaluations – Survey Central website
  • Session #10
    • 1. Closing discussion – met or not met goals for the semester: why or
      why not?
    • 2. If needed, fill out evaluations from last week

Economics Students-Alumni Mentoring Program

The Economics Mentoring Program connects current UWM Economics students to UWM Economics alumni who:

  • Provide career-related advice and resources
  • Engage and encourage students to become active alumni and possible mentors when they graduate

Mentees and mentors will negotiate the number of contacts they plan to have during the program year and their preferred mode of contact. Economics alumni who do not live in the Milwaukee area are welcome to participate as mentors. This program is a collaboration between the UWM Alumni Association and UWM Department of Economics.

The UWM Lubar School of Business Student-Alumni Multicultural Mentoring Program

The Lubar School of Business’ Multicultural Mentoring Program serves as an avenue for connecting junior and senior multicultural business students who are admitted to their major with business professionals. These business professionals in the community will serve as mentors to the students providing knowledge, in-depth experience, support and advice.

Interested students complete a Protégé Application, which can be obtained from the Undergraduate Student Services office.

The Multicultural Program Coordinator matches the protégé with a professional mentor from their specific field of study.

The student and her/his mentor will meet informally at least twice a semester on various topics pertaining to the student’s interest. Student and mentor will be periodically invited to special programs targeting the protégé/mentor relationship.

Targeted Population The Multicultural Mentoring program is looking for enthusiastic and proactive juniors and seniors. Protégés are expected to show interest in exploring career options, seeking guidance and developing a network base within the professional community.

The UWM New Faculty Mentoring Program

Junior and senior faculty participate in the program as mentors and mentees, respectively. Interested faculty complete a short form and are assigned a mentor or mentee based on interests, needs, and divisional affiliation.

Individual mentor-mentee pairs make arrangements to meet based on need and availability. For example:

  • Mentors are available for Assistant professors to acquire survival skills for new faculty and to ready themselves and their materials for the tenure process.
  • Associate professors may be assigned mentors to prepare for promotion to Full professor.

The goals of the program address entry level survival skills for new faculty, a supportive academic environment, career advancement, balance between work, family, and personal lives, and competencies as educators.

The FMP provides information on a variety of topics of interest to mentees and mentors, such as tenure and promotion, publication strategies, grant writing skills, assessment of student learning, and strategies for effective teaching. General mentoring guidelines are available to help you get started.

The UWM Employee Development Mentoring Program

Begun in 1993, the UWM Employee Mentoring Program was initially a resource for experienced Faculty as they worked toward tenure. The program was expanded in 2003 to include Academic Staff to assist them in achieving indefinite status, and again in 2005 to include Classified Staff (see next item) to support them during their first year.

The goals of the program address survival skills for new staff and faculty (see above this item), a supportive academic and professional environment, career advancement, and balance in all aspects of employees’ lives.

Mentors volunteer from the seasoned ranks to be available for mentees on an as-needed basis One initial face-to-face meeting is generally followed by a series of email and telephone conversations. Once the mentee has passed their goal (tenure, indefinite, probation) they are then in the position to reverse the order and become mentors.

It is our goal that one day, all UWM full time regular employees will be involved in this venture of making UWM the best working place for all.

The UWM Classified Staff Mentoring

This is a two part development system. One, aspect of classified staff mentoring is provided through professional development workshops. Most of the topics covered in these workshops are in answer to suggestions from campus employees. Examples of previous workshops include such topics as; How to Advance in the WI Civil Service System, Safety in the Workplace and Stress Management.

Classified Staff can also participate in the Mentoring Program as either a mentor or a mentee. Mentors are classified staff who have been at UWM a minimum of two years with a history of positive performance evaluations and who wish to assist newer classified employees acclimate to the campus environment and their new positions successfully.

The UWM Experts Directory

The UWM Experts Directory is produced by the UWM Office of University Communications and Media Relations to assist people in the media from the community in accessing information they need and for which the UWM has experts willing to share their knowldege..For example, the current (12-2010) listings show two faculty members who can provide the media with information about mentoring,

This guide is organized into two main sections – a listing by subject and a listing by name, to facilitate access by search for key words.