Who Is In Charge?

Students are expected to take a leadership role in the mentoring process and to direct their own education experience.

At times, letting a student take the lead can feel awkward to a mentor, especially if the student struggles to set goals, guide the conversation, or prepare an agenda. We encourage you to allow the student to work through this, as it can be a valuable learning experience. If the student continues to struggle, feel free to provide guidance.

Following the mentor and mentee orientation sessions, both parties are notified and provided with contact information. At this point, the student should take the lead with the following areas of responsibility:

  • Initiate meeting arrangements.

  • Plan and present each meeting's agenda, including specific educational goals or learning objectives.

  • Draw the mentorship to a close at an appropriate time.

  • Evaluate the impact of the experience on their personal and professional development.