What Is A Mentor Match Up?

RCRC Student Partners can apply to be paired with a mentor and Faculty and Professional Partners can apply to be paired with a peer mentoring partner. The expectation is that you will connect with each other four times over a 9 month period by phone, Skype, email – or in person at the RC Roundtable. We will do our very best to match you based on mutual interests and location, but we cannot guarantee that each person who applies to the program will be matched.

The official timeline of the program is included below, however if you are interested in joining the program in the middle of the process, please contact Tanya at tallain@brandeis.edu and we will work with you to see if you can be included. A pair may or may not feel they have immediate “chemistry”  – however their connection is likely to develop and prove beneficial.  The key for a successful relationship is mutual respect and genuine willingness to help and be helped.

The application to apply to the program is closed. If you are interested in the program, please contact Tanya Allain at tallain@brandeis.edu and we will attempt to match you. Applications will be available in January 2018.

Program Structure and Timeline

  • You will be introduced to your mentor/mentee in March.
  • We recommend you meet at least 4 times between April and December.  Meetings/contacts can be by phone, skype, email or in person.
  • We recommend mentor/mentee pairs to schedule their first meeting immediately after they are introduced.
  • We recommend you agree in your first meeting on specific goals and objectives that support the desires of both parties. We also recommend that you decide who will be responsible for initiating and scheduling the meetings.
  • The mentor and mentee may reach out to Tanya (tallain@brandeis.edu) for confidential advice at any time.
  • We will check in with you in twice during the process to learn how you are doing – what has worked well and what hasn’t – and to provide an opportunity to make any needed corrections.
  • In January we will have a Wrap Up Party by Zoom, inviting mentors and mentees to share their experiences and learning with others in the same cohort, and enabling the RCRC team to improve the process each year!

Note:  We are greatly indebted to The Boston Club Mentoring Program and have drawn heavily from their materials to guide the development of RCRC Mentor Match Ups.


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1. Mentor Match Up First Meeting Planning Sheet pdf

2. Mentor Match Up Mid-Point Meeting Planning Sheet pdf