In 2019, the presidential task force for staff professional development proposed the UGA Staff Mentor Program to cultivate a mentoring culture and achieve its vision of becoming a thriving learning organization.
To maximize opportunities for connections to occur, the UGA Staff Mentor Program will utilize a group mentoring model. Mentor Circles will include one mentor and 5-7 mentees who meet for 12 weeks.
How It Works:
- UGA Staff Mentor Program cycles will align with the fall and spring semesters.
- Staff members will create an account and apply to participate as either a mentor or mentee during each program cycle.
- Mentor circles are created using information from the staff member’s completed program profile. Please note, the UGA Staff Mentor Program may not be able to accommodate all applicants each program cycle.
- Once Mentor Circles are established, mentors will reach out to the group to determine the Mentor Circle’s meeting dates. Groups will work together to identify meeting times and topics to explore.
- There is not a specific time requirement for each group. We recommend groups meet at least four times during each mentor program cycle.
A Learning Partnership
The UGA Staff Mentor Program is founded on principles of adult learning. Mentor Circle participants will learn about themselves, each other, and the University as they participate in discussions focused on career and personal development topics. Circle members will enter into a partnership and work together to identify and achieve each participant’s goals.
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"As a mentor, I have helped others discover new ideas, develop goals, and increase their confidence, and I have shared ideas, learned from my mentees, and shared in their success. The best part of it all is that I met people who inspire me, motivate me, and enrich my life."
- Marie Mize,
UGA Staff Council