give to the max day

This is a day that occurs in November of each year. We use this day to raise money for our students scholarships. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information reach out to our Director of Programs and Alumni Outreach. Also, check out our Give to the Max Day 2016 webpage!

Student-alumni mentoring program 

The purpose of the Student-Alumni Mentorship Program is to give current Students United students the opportunity to learn from the experiences of Students United alumni and to give our alumni a chance to give back to Students United and meet future leaders. Many of our students and alums share common interests, such as public policy, student affairs, and continuing to support higher education. This program offers a personalized opportunity for each mentor/mentee pairing.

How the program works:

Alumni mentors provide career advice on networking, job searching, interviewing, balancing life obligations and other life-skills knowledge to Students United students in all academic areas. Alumni mentors will register to be included in Students United's Student-Alumni Mentoring program. The registration process will include their Linkedin profile link. The alumni’s information will be added to the Student-Alumni Mentor Program page on the Students United website. Students United students will be able to view alumni profiles and select a mentor to contact. Students will contact alumni mentors via their Linkedin account to keep personal contact information confidential. Students United will provide resources to students and alumni to offer support and training in building a mentoring relationship. 

Benefits and expectations for the mentor:

Mentoring should be a positive and enriching experience. Specifically, we hope mentors will:

  • Develop meaningful connections with students
  • Refine your coaching and mentoring skills
  • Experience a re-connection with Students United
  • Utilize and expand your professional network


What is expected of a mentor:

  • Patience – Students will be initiating contact. Allow s/he to lead the discussion and drive the relationship
  • Responsiveness – Respond to all communications within a few days
  • Consistency – Once a student contacts you, communicate at least twice a month
  • Guidance and Support – Help your mentee to set, track, and adjust goals. Students may ask you to provide career advice on resume writing, career exploration, the job search process, etc. Be available and willing to help them with these questions, or refer them to others when needed. 
  • Professionalism – Approach the mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism, and respect


What is not expected of a mentor:

  • To offer jobs or internships
  • To initiate all contact
  • To have all the answers

 

Benefits and expectations for the student:

Students United believes students will benefit from a mentor experience. As a mentee, we hope you will be able to:

  • Build a professional network
  • Develop and enhance professional communication skills
  • Connect academics and career, and acquire advice on experiences and courses that would be of greatest benefit
  • Explore new ideas and areas of interest
  • Gain exposure to career options, advice, and job search tips


What is expected of student mentees:

  • Responsibility – Be the driver of the relationship. Initiate contact and respond within a few days
  • Professionalism – Approach the mentoring relationship with an open mind, professionalism, and respect (Please do not ask for a job or sponsorship)
  • Receptiveness - Be receptive to suggestions and feedback

If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Carlee Diggins our Director of Programs and Alumni Outreach.