The Fordham Mentoring Program is a comprehensive, year-long program that seeks to foster meaningful and productive one-on-one relationships between students and mentors. The program is a University-wide partnership between the undergraduate colleges and the Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services, who co-sponsor the program.
The program is made possible by a loyal network of alumni professionals willing to volunteer their time on behalf of the University and motivated undergraduate students eager to prepare themselves for success with the help of fellow Rams. For both, it is a true exercise in the Jesuit concept of magis or the endeavor of doing more, achieving more, and being more.
Mentoring is central to Fordham's identity as mentors partner with faculty, administrators, and staff in caring for and forming the whole student in the spirit of cura personalis.
Once participants have reviewed the program schedule and requirements and decided they are able to commit to active participation, they may begin the online application. Application information is thoughtfully reviewed by the Fordham Mentoring Team and participants are matched based off commonalities in their personal and professional profiles.
Once a match is made, a match notification email is sent to the pair introducing mentor and mentee and providing some other basic information on the program. The student is asked to make first contact with the mentor.
At the introductory Meet & Greet, the first of the program's milestone events, pairs complete the Mentor-Mentee Covenant, which outlines the terms of their relationship. The mentoring commitment is flexible; pairs agree upon the manner (i.e., in-person meetings, phone calls, video chat) and frequency of communication (i.e., weekly, monthly) that suits them best. The agreement document is signed and submitted at the end of the event.
In addition to their individual interactions, mentees and mentors take part in four mandatory milestone events such as a Fordham men's basketball game-watch and mentor appreciation dinner. Pairs also complete Checkpoint Surveys that are brief web-based surveys to assess the progress of the relationship.
The Mentor-Mentee Handbook, which contains recommendations from previous participants and relationship benchmarks, also serves as a guiding resource to help mentees and mentors develop over the course of the program. The Fordham Mentoring Team is always available for further support.
For more information on the Fordham Mentoring Program, see the FAQ page or email the Fordham Mentoring Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.