Honors Mentor Program

a UHP Mentor-Mentee pair at the Kick-Off Event
A UHP Mentor-Mentee pair in front of Coffman Memorial Union
Students in the Honors Mentor Program get to know one another
Students at the Kick-Off event for the Honors Mentor Program
Students at the Kick-Off event for the Honors Mentor Program
On behalf of the University Honors Student Association and the University Honors Program, I welcome you and thank you for your interest in the Honors Mentors program. This program is a pillar of the Honors community, and a great introduction to what the Honors Program has to offer.

 

As a first-year or transfer UHP student, you will be paired with an older UHP student who has had similar experiences. Hearing insight about your first year, exploring the campus and Twin Cities, learning what the Honors Program has to offer from a student perspective, and asking questions to an older student are just some of the benefits of being a mentee.

 

Mentors—who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors—will provide support to new UHP students through the college transition, answer questions about the Honors Program, introduce mentees to campus, and reflect on their own experiences.

 

The Honors Mentor Program is a great way to meet other UHP students and foster community. We encourage incoming students to look for sign-up instructions in the post-Orientation email they will receive from UHP. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in being a mentor, please reach out to me at uhp-mp@umn.edu!

 

Best,

 

Maria Moy, 2021-22 Honors Mentor Program Chair

 

Goals

Our goal is to make the first semester of college run smoothly for incoming students in the University Honors Program, and to provide leadership experience to UHP students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. We match current students with an experienced UHP student. Matches are primarily based on colleges, major, and co-curricular activities of interest. We also provide the option to request a same-gender match.

Expectations

The program begins the first week of school with a kick-off event that provides an opportunity for first-years and mentors to meet for the first time and receive instructions to help them navigate the next four months of the program.

 

Mentorship pairs decide how often they would like to meet, what types of conversations they would like to have, and the activities they want to engage in.

Requirements for Mentors and Mentees

  • Make a semester-long commitment
  • Stay in regular contact throughout the fall semester
  • Meet up at least three times during the fall semester

Fall 2021 Program Timeline

  • June-Mid-August: Mentee and Mentor application period
  • Last week of August: Matching notification period (matches sent by email)
  • Late August: Virtual mentor training and mentors reach out to mentees
  • First week of school: Mentor Kick-Off
  • September-December: Mentorship pairs meet up at least three times
  • Finals Week: Last week of the Honors Mentor Program
  • January: Program evaluation period

Cultural and Identity-Based Mentor Programs

While the Honors Mentor Program matches students primarily on academic interests, we recognize students may value mentorship and informal connections with staff and peers from shared identities or cultural backgrounds. The University of Minnesota has identity-based student support service offices, cultural centers, and hundreds of student groups that can help you feel supported and connected on campus. Check out GopherLink to find more information for student groups and cultural centers. BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) Honors students may also want to connect with the Honors Multicultural Network. A listing of University student support services can be found here. Some of these programs even offer their own mentor programs. We encourage you to join the Honors Mentor Program and any of these additional groups that will help you find community on campus. If you’re having trouble finding a group that connects to your needs or interests, ask your Honors advisor or mentor for help.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Honors Mentor Program, please don't hesitate to send us an email at uhp-mp@umn.edu.