Bay Area Peer Mentor Program
Building a strong student community
Goals of the Bay Area Peer Mentor Program
- Provide caring mentoring relationships between new students and 2nd/3rd year students.
- Encourage and support new students in achieving student success through their academic and personal goals.
- Promote involvement in the GSM community.
What is a Peer Mentor?
A 2nd or 3rd year student who assists a new student by…
- Providing friendship
- Sharing your MBA experiences
- Relieving anxieties of the unknown
- Answering the who’s, what’s, where’s, how’s and when’s of the program
Your Mentoring Relationship
- You are expected to assist a new student by providing friendship, explaining the campus, taking them under your wing, giving them information & insight, and serving as an advocate throughout their first year at UC Davis.
- Be available to your mentee!
- Don’t say “Call me when you need me” and wait for them to call you. They won’t do that, so check in with them regularly.
- Don’t give up on your mentee if he/she becomes withdrawn. Keep trying through all contact methods & notify the mentor coordinator.
- Do your best to meet your mentee (ideas include: eating lunch/dinner together, meeting for coffee, etc.).
- Anything your mentee tells you should be considered confidential.
- Let the mentor coordinator know as soon as possible if you are not able to keep your commitment to the program and your mentee(s), so we may reassign them.
- Contact your mentee after receiving their information. Please maintain contact with them throughout their first year.
- Refer your mentee to GSM administration when necessary (program manager, registrar, etc.).
- You’re not expected to know everything! Feel free to ask your program manager or mentor coordinator questions and/or refer your mentee to an office on campus.
Q. Who can be a mentor?
A. Bay Area MBA students who have completed the first year core AND who plan to be in the program through fall, winter and spring quarter of the year they are a mentor.
Q. How much time does it take to be a mentor?
A. Not much time at all. Minimally, we ask that the mentor student reach out to their mentees via email prior to the beginning of the fall quarter, and continue to check in periodically throughout the year to answer questions or offer assistance with registration, etc.
Q. What do I do if my mentee is not responding?
A. Contact the peer mentor coordinator to verify contact information.
Q. What do I do if my mentee asks me a question and I don’t know the answer?
A. First refer to the resources, otherwise contact your program manager.
Q. What is a peer mentor coordinator?
A. The peer mentor coordinator helps with the recruitment of mentors and assists with the matching process of mentor to mentee. The coordinator can also help mentors with difficult questions or communication with mentees.
Q. How am I matched up with my mentee(s)?
A. Based on your responses to the sign up survey, we will try to match you with a mentee who has similar interests, career background and education goals.