What trainings and events should be offered as part of this mentorship program?
Once mentor and mentee participation are confirmed, providing a training session for mentors and an expectation-setting session for mentees may help set the tone for a successful mentoring relationship. Such a session could function as workshops focusing on topics such as:
- Articulating goals for the mentorship relationship
- Best practices for listening and communicating
- Advisement for resolving conflict
- Discussions of boundary-setting, including when issues may best be referred to other offices within MIT (ie. S^3 or MIT Medical)
In addition to training workshops, mentorship programs may include additional social programs which help foster relationship-building between mentor and mentee, as well as broader community-building within the organization – examples include: a kick-off dinner, ice cream social, game night, cultural outing, and/or any other event that may be of interest to the participants in your group.
How can I effectively evaluate this mentorship program?
Depending on the duration of the mentorship relationship, evaluations may occur multiple times per year – for instance, once every semester. Evaluations, which typically occur through email (functionalities like Survey Monkey may be helpful), address two primary elements: 1) the mentorship relationship itself, and 2) the mentorship program’s trainings, events, and other support.
Regarding the mentorship relationship itself, questions might address:
- Quality of the match
- Frequency of meeting
- Seamlessness of communication
- Challenges of the relationship thus far
- Successes of the relationship thus far
Regarding programming, questions might address:
- Efficacy of training
- Additional training and/or resources participants might find helpful
- Satisfaction with additional events offered through the mentorship program