The WiSE Mentoring Program model includes three types of participants:
- Industry mentor
- Senior student mentee
- Junior student mentee
Industry mentors support the career development of a student. Mentors generally commit to the program for one academic year (eight months), from September to April. Mentors assist students in three key areas:
- Build a supportive and encouraging relationship
- Provide a career focus.
- Actively participate in the WiSE Mentoring Program
Senior Undergraduate Student Mentee
Senior undergraduate students are both mentors and mentees:
- As mentors, their role is to help junior student mentees obtain the most out of their experience at UBC
- As mentees, they initiate activities and discussions with their industry mentor to prepare for their entrance into the professional world. Senior student mentees may ask their mentor for advice and guidance on how to be a mentor. They may also learn professional behaviour and mentoring techniques by modeling their mentor’s techniques.
Junior Undergraduate Student Mentee
Junior students are mentored by the industry professional and the senior undergraduate study. talk with their senior student mentor about academics and campus life.
An important goal of the WiSE Mentoring Program is to build community at UBC by having junior students continue in the program as senior students, and, eventually, as industry mentors.
WiSE Mentor Liaison
Mentors receive support from the WiSE Mentor Liaison (Robin Whittall) and the WiSE Committee.
WiSE Mentoring Program Coordinators
WiSE Mentoring Program Coordinators are the contact personnel for mentees (Renee Leboe – School of Engineering; Evelyn Jensen – Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences).
WiSE Mentoring Program Committee
The WiSE Mentoring Program is administered by the WiSE Mentoring Program Committee, which includes faculty, students, and staff from the School of Engineering, the I.K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, the Advising and Involvement Centre, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The committee recruits mentors, matches them with mentees, organizes events, monitors participant progress, and assists with program evaluation.