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Alumni Mentoring Program

The Dornsife Alumni Mentoring Program connects current students with alumni and provides an opportunity for mentorship and growth.

All alumni and current students are eligible to participate in the program, regardless of residency location.

Enroll in the Alumni Mentoring Program and make an impact today!

Enrollment for the 2019-20 program closed on October 1, 2019. To express interest in future opportunities please email sphsa@drexel.edu.

The Alumni Mentoring Program is managed by the Office of Student Affairs with support from the Public Health Alumni Network (PHAN). The program operates from October through March each year, and is an exciting opportunity for alumni and current students to develop personally and professionally. Alumni are encouraged to enroll and:

  • Stay connected to and give back to the Dornsife community
  • Positively influence an emerging public health professional
  • Make a contribution to the field of public health
  • Enhance leadership skills and improve interpersonal skills
  • Expand your professional network

Applications are announced each summer via social media and the Dornsife Student and Alumni newsletter. Participants must complete an application to enroll in the program and will be contacted via email with further information.

To learn more about expectations, requirements, and details. check out the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Alumni Mentoring Program?

The Dornsife School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Public Health Alumni Network (PHAN), offers the Alumni Mentoring Program to all Dornsife students.

The purpose of program is to connect current students with alumni and provide an opportunity for mentorship and professional growth. The program will provide resources to mentors and mentees to help start conversations and “break the ice,” training for mentors, special events, and feedback surveys.

Q: What type of experience do I need in order to serve as a mentor?

We hope to engage Dornsife alumni of all backgrounds and experience levels from early career to seasoned professional.

Q: How many students can I mentor?

Alumni mentors will be paired with at least one student. However, mentors may receive two students matches depending on how many applicants are received.

Q: What are the expectations of participants?

In order to participate in the mentoring program, both alumni mentors and student mentees must attend orientation in person or review the training materials at the onset of the program.

We ask that mentors and mentees are proactive in initiating regular contact, and commit to investing time, energy, and effort to build their mentoring relationship.

Pairings are free to determine the frequency and style of communication (e.g., in person, via email, over the phone, or video chat) most suitable for their match. However, participants are asked to connect at least once a month for the duration of a program.

Topics covered are also up to you. It is recommended that you discuss your needs at the start of your mentor/mentee relationship.

Q: Am I required to attend any events in person?

Alumni and students are asked to attend Orientation in person, but are able to complete this requirement virtually by reviewing a training document online after the Orientation. Additionally, alumni and students are encouraged to attend professional development and social events, but are not required.

Q: How long is the commitment?

The mentorship relationship starts in October and ends in March the following year. Participants must re-enroll in the program each year in order to participate.

Q: What if I want to continue mentoring the student beyond the academic year?

Alumni are welcome to continue mentoring their students as long as they are willing and able, but the relationship will formally “end” with the program in March. Participants must re-enroll in the program each year in order to participate.

Q: Are events and program activities mandatory?

Events and programs are not required, but are strongly encouraged. We only expect regular meetings to occur and know that they will occur differently in each relationship.

Q: Are events and program activities mandatory?

No. The program only officially runs from the fall to the spring. Although we hope that the mentor relationships formed last longer, the expectations of the program ended in March. 

Q: How will a mentor match be made?

Matches are made by Student Affairs and are based on the information provided via the applications. Please note that Student Affairs tries to honor, but cannot guarantee, all requests for a match or preference.

Q: What if I feel that my mentee is not a good match for me?

If after attempting to form a mentor relationship you are unsuccessful, please contact Michelle McDermott for further assistance.

Q: What if I get asked something inappropriate?

Kindly decline to answer any question that feels inappropriate and contact Michelle McDermott if further assistance is required.