We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate our website and learn more about our mentorship program and community events.
Yes, participating on the mentorship program is free for all BIPOC graduate students in UW-Madison.
- Pick your top three choices of MOSAIC mentors: Choose up to three potential MOSAIC Mentors, which include BIPOC UW faculty, staff, and industry professionals!
- Fill out the MOSAIC MEMBERSHIP FORM: Once you’ve selected potential mentors, fill out the MOSAIC Mentorship Program form and we’ll take care of the rest! The MOSAIC admin board will contact your top choices and notify you of their availability.
- Meet your potential mentor and sign a compact: During the first meeting with your mentor, you’ll complete the MOSAIC Mentoring Agreement, where you will state the expectations of the mentorship, which include:
- Frequency of meetings.
- Duration of mentorship.
- Expectations from the mentor and the mentee.
- Fill out our membership form located on the “Join MOSAIC” tab in the website menu.
- The MOSAIC admin team will ask you to fill out our MOSAIC Mentor Intake Agreement where you agree to adhere to our expectations and community guidelines.
- You will be added you to our list of mentors on the MOSAIC website.
What is expected of the graduate student starting a mentoring relationship through the MOSAIC Mentorship Program?
Expectations for the graduate student are set up with the mentor in the first meeting, so both mentee and mentor agree and are comfortable with the terms of the relationship. Expectations include:
- Meeting preferences (frequency, duration, location, etc.).
- Primary objectives of the mentee and the mentor.
- Duration of mentoring relationship.
Overall, we expect that both mentee and mentor agree on having one-on-one regular meetings with to evaluate and assess mentee progress, maintaining professional confidentiality of all exchanges and provide guidance and support mentee’s success.
What amount of time from my schedule is required to participate as a mentor or mentee in the MOSAIC Mentorship Program?
The duration varies according to the specific relationship and agreement between the mentor and mentee. Typically, they can arrange to meet approximately 3 to 4 times per semester. It does not require a significant amount of time, and the valuable experience gained from participating makes it worthwhile.
Anyone with an interest in connecting with the BIPOC community, fellow graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and mentors within the UW Madison community is welcome to join.