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CIRCLES Group Mentoring

CIRCLES is a peer-led group mentoring framework that offers space for exploration, discussion, collective problem-solving, co-learning and mentoring connection for graduate students based on shared identities or interests in an informal small-group setting.


Join a circle

We offer identity-based groups to support graduate students from traditionally underrepresented communities, including first-generation graduate students, students of shared ethnic or cultural identities, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Fall 2020 peer mentoring circles

  • First-generation graduate student circle
  • Graduate student women's circle (new!)
  • HUES LGBTQIA+ graduate student circle
  • Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellows circle (closed membership)
  • SHADES Black/African American graduate student circle
  • SHADES Indigenous/Native American graduate students
  • SHADES International graduate student circle
  • SHADES Latino/a/x graduate student circle (new!)
  • Nontraditional-age or adult-reentry graduate students

Join a circle today!


 Lead a circle

You've got this. We've got you. Are you looking for ways to make a positive, meaningful impact on your graduate student community? Join us!

As we build out our CIRCLES  network, we are looking for engaged, dynamic graduate students willing to share their experiences and join a cohort of collaborative, enthusiastic facilitators of our CIRCLES communities. No previous mentoring experience needed -- all new facilitators have access to our online CIRCLES mentor training resources and the support of our growing facilitator network. 

Become a CIRCLES group facilitator! 


CIRCLES Mentor Training Program

Mentorship is a proven contributor to graduate student resilience, engagement and success. 

CIRCLES offers a Canvas-based training curriculum and community for graduate students, departments or organizations interested in developing and launching their own groups. The CIRCLES framework is ideal for the creation of groups around common purpose or shared identity (academic navigation, career exploration and development, interpersonal community and support and navigation of culture, heritages, and identity).

New mentors/facilitators have access to both our asynchronous, self-paced online training modules and to our mentor/facilitor community. In this community, you'll have the opportunity to engage with and learn from our network of new and established mentoring group facilitators in a supportive co-learning environment.

The CIRCLES mentor training program is open to graduate student organizations and faculty and graduate support staff in academic units.

Join our CIRCLES Mentor Training Cohort!

For more information or be notified when we are recruiting our next training cohort, email us at gradmentor@asu.edu. To learn more about CIRCLES and how our program can benefit your community, see our FAQ here.