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At Arizona State University one of the most essential elements of a quality graduate education is the opportunity it offers for connection – to a diverse graduate population, to broader communities of practice and resources, and to faculty and professional worlds. Mentoring offers this connection, providing graduate students with both interpersonal support and academic or career-focused guidance needed to successfully integrate interpersonal and academic identities and navigate career pathways.
The Graduate College Mentoring Network (GCMN), housed within the Graduate College, fosters and promotes a university-wide mentoring culture by:
The GCMN fosters these values through four networks: community-building initiatives, faculty mentoring resources, mentoring excellence recognition, and academic and career development.
ASU attracts students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars from all demographics, and its scholarly communities are strengthened by diversity and inclusion of a multiplicity of perspectives and ideas. The Graduate College mentoring initiatives offer engagement and navigation of academic, cultural and interpersonal identities in meaningful ways that enrich all graduate education and foster pathways between undergraduate and graduate education and professional careers.
The SHADES cross-cultural mentoring program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to encourage and develop intercultural competencies and identities. SHADES provides a forum for students to embrace and discuss the roles of identity in academia and our lives, to seek out peers with shared social or cultural identities, and to explore the intersections of identity, learning and public discourse. The Graduate College’s Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (IRC) provides a substantive link to academic research and collaboration as a for-credit option to SHADES participants.
Designed to bolster community engagement, increase representation, and provide critical identity-development and engagement opportunities to ASU’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBT+) communities, HUES is open to any LGBT+ undergraduate, graduate student or postdoctoral scholars. Mentoring matches are made based on participant preference with options for peer, faculty or staff matching.
HUES is open to all new and current ASU students. Faculty and staff may apply as mentors only. Apply to join the 2017-2018 cohort as a mentor or mentee today. Note: you must have a current ASURITE ID to apply.]
Although less structured and with a greater emphasis on collect interest and interpersonal development than the one-to-one personal development offered by mentoring, graduate student organizations are an excellent way to build academic and cultural self-efficacies. ASU has over 1,000 student-run clubs and organizations designed to support academics, culture, religion/spirituality, art, politics, sports, and much more, with over 60 specifically created by and for graduate students. The Graduate College encourages graduate students to enrich their ASU experiences by getting involved and networking with other graduate students. In addition to mentoring, joining a graduate student group is an excellent way to develop professional contacts, engage with your academic network, or find connections within the greater Sun Devil community.
To learn more about these opportunities for involvement at ASU, visit our graduate student organizations page.
Join the Graduate College and its SHADES cross-cultural graduate student peer mentoring project and the HUES LGBTQ+ mentoring project for our monthly mentoring mixer. Whether you are already a member of SHADES or HUES or are interested in learning more about these programs, this is an opportunity to ask questions, learn about the program structures and supports, meet potential mentoring partnership matches, and become a part of these two exciting mentoring opportunities!
SHADES cross-cultural mentoring project is open exclusively to new or currently-enrolled graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, and specifically is designed to create and enhance community around cultural similarities, differences and experience. The HUES LGBTQ+ mentoring project is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc scholars; faculty and staff may join the project as mentors.
Fostering strong paraprofessional relationships with faculty allows graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to network and prepare for careers.
The Graduate Faculty search tool encourages graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to identity and connect with graduate faculty resources at ASU, including research professors, scholars, and ASU research affiliates.
For an introduction to the importance of faculty-to-faculty, faculty-to-new faculty and faculty-to-post-doctoral scholar mentoring, we recommend the Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra Inside Higher Ed article Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring.
As part of its commitment to and acknowledgement of mentoring as a vital component of the graduate student experience, the Graduate College recognizes and rewards outstanding mentoring and strives to demonstrate the essential nature of mentoring to student success and professional development. The Graduate College recognizes and supports excellence in mentoring institution-wide through its annual Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards.
Each fall, up to three faculty, based upon nominations from the graduate student community, are recognized for the Graduate College’s Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Read more about our current and previous Outstanding Faculty Mentors, their mentoring philosophies, and their inspirations here. Nominations for the Fall 2018 Outstanding Faculty Mentor awards will open in August and will be collected through October. Nomination details and processes coming in July 2018 here.
Effective and meaningful mentoring starts with making the right mentoring connections. Before exploring the mentoring resources below, download the GCMN quick reference guides, The Mentoring Connection: Choosing a Mentoring Program and The Mentoring Connection: Peer Mentoring, to learn more about:
The Graduate College is a member of the ASU Mentoring Council, an affiliation of mentoring initiatives institution-wide. By sharing resources and cross-promoting mentoring opportunities, the ASU Mentoring Council advances the visibility of mentoring programs across the university.
Academic and career development resources connect graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to academic and career-related mentoring resources across academic colleges.
ASU offers many opportunities, both formal and informal, for students and scholars to connect in mentoring communities.
W.P. Carey Connectors
University Academic Support Programs (UASP) Academic Mentors
Fulton Schools WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Community Mentors (women in science/engineering at Polytechnic campus)
Barrett Mentoring Program
Fulton Schools Residential Community Peer Mentors
Fulton Schools Global Ambassador Peer Mentors (international)
Fulton Schools Off Campus (Commuter) Peer Mentors (off-campus)
New College Peer Mentors
W.P. Carey Admissions Summer Program (underrepresented high school students)