We facilitate a successful mentor program that links alumni with current students.
Mentors and students are matched according to interest and will create a mentoring plan based on mutual expectations. This program invites alumni to share their professional experiences and encourages MSW students to broaden their network of support.
The student and mentor will contract on the type and amount of contact (at a minimum we ask for one contact per month during the school year). For Alumni outside the WNY area, phone, email and chat are excellent ways to mentor.
Please contact Denise Krause at email@example.com to be a mentor and help shape our profession!
Welcome to the UB School of Social Work Mentor Program.* We hope that you find your mentoring experience to be rewarding and enjoyable. Below are some guidelines to assist you in approaching the mentoring relationship with your assigned student.
Social Work is a profession based in relationship. Professional networking and informational interviewing are essential relationship building skills to develop as social workers progress through our careers. You have been matched with a student who fits your stated interests as closely as possible. Your mentee is a foundation year or advanced year student at the UBSSW who voluntary requested a mentor. Whether or not your mentee lives near to you, you are encouraged to develop a working relationship through the means that work best for both of you (phone, email, face-to-face, social networking). As with all networking activities, this program is essentially designed to create a mutually beneficial relationship where the mentee receives information and support and the mentor has the opportunity to shape the profession.**
Your mentee’s name and contact information will be provided to you before the second week of the semester. We encourage you to contact your mentee right away to introduce yourself and to schedule a first “meeting”. You and your mentee are responsible for establishing goals for your individual mentoring relationship, working towards them, and evaluating your collective efforts. If your mentee does not respond to you, please contact Denise Krause.
It is the quality of the mentoring relationship that is the key to a successful mentoring relationship, not the quantity of meetings or contact that you have with your social work student. We do ask, however, that you meet or talk with your mentee at least once per month during the fall and spring semesters. Obviously, the needs of your practice or position are paramount and the students have been instructed to respect your time and availability boundaries. That being said, we sincerely hope that you will make yourself available as needed. The social work student should be able to contact you easily and you should be able to respond in a timely fashion. Your mentee may need just a few moments of your time on short notice. The student has been informed that a component of professionalism is respect for the time of others. Hence, it will be up to you as the mentor to identify demands that are excessive or unreasonable.
If you have any questions about this program or your assigned mentee, please feel free to telephone the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Alumni Relations, Denise Krause at 716-645-1223 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The SSW Mentor Plan is adapted from the UB Law School Mentoring Program (2010).
**The mentoring relationship as administered by the SSW falls within the guidelines of the NASW Code of Ethics.