About the Women's Mentoring Program
The 2013-2014 school year marks the ninth year of the Women's Mentoring Program. The Program connects undergraduate women one-on-one with a mentor (a more experienced undergraduate student or graduate student, or a staff or faculty member) who strives to provide them with personal, academic, and professional support, guidance and encouragement. In addition to the one-on-one relationship, all participants will be strongly encouraged to participate in Women's Center activities, and to attend informal group luncheons and events. There are a number of successful Women's Mentoring Programs throughout the world, and mentoring has been proven to be an invaluable tool for career success.
Female staff, faculty, or more experienced students (graduate students, undergraduate juniors or seniors).
All undergraduate-level women are eligible to participate, but the program focuses specifically on first-year students.
The Women’s Mentoring Program seeks to strengthen the experiences of first-year/transfer women and upper-division students at the University of Idaho through a non-hierarchical mentoring model based on networking, community involvement and service.
- To successfully pair first-year/transfer women students with upper division students, faculty, staff or community members.
- Foster an environment that allows for acceptance and understanding of identities, and specific issues pertaining to women students.
- Provide a networking model for participants to learn more about themselves, each other, and the University of Idaho/Moscow community.
- Provide an opportunity for participants to serve their University of Idaho and Latah County communities.
- Learn and integrate – Students will be able to recognize the importance of academics, provide feedback, and expand knowledge past the classroom experience through the support of mentors in similar or complimentary degree fields.
- Think and create - Students will be able to assist each other with reflection and decision making skills to develop relationships that will lead toward the achievement of goals.
- Communicate – Students will be able to learn about dynamics of good communication and be encouraged to strengthen communication skills that extend past the mentoring relationship.
- Clarify purpose and perspective - Students will be able to be matched based on a variety of interests and identities, and use multiple networks of support.
- Practice citizenship - Students will be able to participate on several projects that serve the Moscow/University of Idaho community and strengthen bonds between the participants.
WMP Mentors' Vision for the Program
Participants in the Women's Mentoring Program created the definition of purpose, values, and vision statement below during the mentoring course held in the fall 2013 semester.
Why does the Women’s Mentoring Program (WMP) exist?
- To provide first-year women students on campus with a sense of community and inclusion, resources, and support.
- To provide mentoring and leadership training to upper-division student mentors, in order to maximize the mentoring relationship’s potential and impact, and provide opportunities for personal development and growth.
- To promote the importance of women’s education, retention, and graduation rates at the University of Idaho.
WMP Vision Statement
The Women’s Mentoring Program promotes equity, inclusion, and collaboration, and provides academic, emotional, and social support for participants. The program is available to women students of all backgrounds. Activities and classes attached to the mentoring program aim to create a safe, mutually respectful environment for the sharing of personal challenges and goals, as well as creating shared learning experiences. Based on a shared leadership and networking model, the program will teach and require accountability and professionalism, in order to empower mentors and mentees to achieve academic and professional success.