Dear Alumni Member,
Let’s make a difference in the life of a Virginia Union student. The Virginia Union National Alumni Association will implement an alumni-student mentoring program. The program,Panthers Partnering for the Future, will promote mentoring and professional development of our students. It is critical for our students to have a strong support network and to have a smooth transition from the collegiate world to their desired career path. By leveraging our skills and expertise, we can help enhance their personal and professional growth. We will develop an alumni-student partnership that will build their confidence in communication and acquire leadership skills.
The mission of the program is to:
•Support academic and personal growth
•Foster a relationship that helps students have a well- rounded college experience
•Provide students with leadership and communication skills and career related needs
•Maintain regular contact. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to be in contact at
least twice a month during the mentoring term. Conversations may occur over the
phone, via Skype (or similar software), email, and/or in person when possible.
•Set clear and realistic goals. Mentors are encouraged to help students think about
and work towards personal, academic and career goals. It is also important for mentors
to consider their own goals for the relationship.
•Be responsive. Both mentors and mentees are expected to return calls and e-mails in a timely manner (e.g. within two business days). If your mentee is not responsive please contact LaVerne Hatch, Professional Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charmica Epps, Director of Alumni Relations
•Provide feedback. It is important that feedback is candid and delivered in a thoughtful and constructive way. Help your mentee learn how to receive and respond to feedback by modeling the behavior through open discussion.
•Facilitate self-reflection and self-development. Ask thought-provoking questions to help your mentee understand and articulate his or her motivations, accomplishments, weaknesses, etc. Employ active listening as a way to develop questions to ask your mentee.
•Honor commitments. If a mentoring conversation must be cancelled it is expected that you and your mentee will do your best to communicate in advance of the meeting and reschedule. If you decide to remove yourself from the program, it is expected, that you will honor partnerships in progress. If circumstances prohibit you or your mentee from participating in the program prior to the end of a term, each party must agree to notify their mentoring partner and the Office of Alumni Relations.
•Evaluate. At the end of each semester, both participants will be required to complete an evaluation form.
You will be matched according to your interest and compatibilities. We will send notification of your mentee and their contact information.