Bonnie Collins, MSW '80 and Shermeeka Mason, MSW '13, during one of their mentoring sessions
We facilitate a successful mentor program that links alumni with
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.**
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 email@example.com.
*The SSW Mentor Plan is adapted from the UB Law School Mentoring
**The mentoring relationship as administered by the SSW falls
within the guidelines of the NASW Code of Ethics.