Women in EMS Mentor Program

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Benefits | Eligibility | To Join |  Mentor Center | 2014-2015 Calendar

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Women in EMS Mentor Program matches freshmen and sophomore women with upperclass women in small peer mentor groups (generally two to three mentees per mentor). Mentor groups meet at least eight times each semester and engage in social activities, academic opportunities, and career and professional development. Each mentor group sets their own meeting times and chooses their own activities. Groups may choose to plan their own activities, or attend events and programs on campus. Mentor groups work together on goal-setting and professional development and support one another in working toward these goals.

BENEFITS

As a member of the Women in EMS Mentor Program (as either a mentor or mentee), you will:

  • Be part of a supportive, interactive network of women.
  • Build strong friendships with other women STEM students.
  • Enjoy a welcoming, collaborative learning environment.
  • Learn about the challenges encountered by women in STEM fields.
  • Gain important professional skills.

Benefits for mentors:

  • Developing exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Being a role model and impacting the futures of younger STEM students.
  • Demonstrating to future employers a commitment to the STEM fields (i.e. Boosting your resume).
  • Earning $300.00/semester stipend.     

ELIGIBILITY

All women students pursuing or intending to pursue a major in the College of EMS at UW-Platteville or who are members of the Women in STEM Living Learning Community are eligible to participate.

BEING A MENTOR

Requirements to be a mentor:

  • Be declared in a major within the College of EMS
  • Have earned more than 60 credit hours
  • Have completed at least one year at UW-Platteville
  • Be in good academic standing, students with a 2.5 or above will have priority consideration

Responsibilities:

  • Attend a required mentor training
  • Coordinate meetings for your mentor group at least eight times per semester
  • Keep a log of all mentor group meetings and activities and submit twice each semester
  • Participate in Mentor Training and Orientation
  • Attend mandatory Mentor Program events
  • Complete a reflection and survey at the end of each academic year
  • Sign and uphold a participation agreement
  • Guide the goal-setting process for your mentees and form thoughtful goals for yourself that you will submit
  • Introduce your mentor group to the Women in EMS Mentor Center
  • Provide suggestions and lead discussion about possible activities/events to attend as a group
  • Provide encouragement, guidance, and support to mentees to aid in educational success
  • Role model successful academic strategies and techniques and appropriate respectful behavior
  • Assist mentees in career exploration and professional development
  • Maintain consistent communication and be available to your mentees

BEING A MENTEE

Requirements:

  • Be declared in a major within the College of EMS or be a current WiSTEM LLC member
  • Have earned fewer than 60 credit hours or be a first-year transfer student

Responsibilities:

  • Attend mandatory Mentor Program events
  • Participate in planning and attend meetings/activities scheduled by your mentor group
  • Document and submit your goals and discuss your progress toward them
  • Seek guidance and advice from your mentor regarding educational success
  • Maintain consistent communication with your mentor
  • Complete a reflection and survey at the end of each academic year
  • Sign and uphold a participation agreement

To Join the Mentor Program

AS A MENTOR:

  • Review the Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities on this page
  • Apply to be a mentor by by going to the Mentor Application.  Applications for Fall 2015 are due May 25, 2015.
  • On the mentor application, submit the answers, in less than 200 words each, to five essay questions.
  • On the mentor application, submit your resume and include a reference name and contact information of at least one UW-Platteville faculty or staff member.

AS A MENTEE:

  • Details for mentees will be provided at the end of August 2015.  Please check your UW-Platteville mail for an invitation to participate. All freshmen, sophomores and first year transfer students who are EMS majors and/or WiSTEM LLC members are elibible to participate.
  • ​Sign up to be a mentee by going to the Mentee Application.  Applications are due Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
  • Mentor Program Kick-off is Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 6pm - 8pm in 144 Ottensman Hall. You will meet your mentor and make plans for the semester!

meNTOR cENTER

Mentor groups enjoy gathering in the Mentor Center, located in Ottensman Hall Room 045. The remodeled Mentor Center is a welcoming, non-threatening space designed to foster a positive, collaborative learning environment. It has lots of great resources available for your use, including computers, a printer, large study tables, a lounge area, and books on leadership and professional topics. Drop in any time to check it out!

Goal Setting

  • Mentors will guide the goal setting process with their mentees each semester.
  • Mentors and mentees will turn in their goals once each semester. Mentees do not have to put their name on their goals.  They will be used for assessment purposes only.
  • Mentor Goal Planning Form
  • Mentee Goal Planning Form

 

mark your calendars!

2015-2016 Schedule for mentor groups 

  1. Mentor Program Kick-off: Tuesday, September 15 from 6pm – 8pm in 144 Ottensman Hall. 
  2. Meetings/activities with your mentor group at least 8 times per semester.  (Each mentor group plans these activities.)
  3. Annual Progressive Dinner:  Thursday, November 12th from 5:30PM-8:00PM  and Location TBA. 
  4. Spring Social: Thursday, February 4 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM  Southwest Hall Multipurpose Room. ​

2015-2016 Schdule and due dates for mentors only

  1. Mentor Training: Date and Location TBA.  
  2. Fall Check-in Meeting: Wednesday, October 14th from 5:00PM - 6:00PM in the Mentor Center
  3. Spring Check-in Meeting: Wednesday, March 2nd from 5:00PM - 6:00PM  in the Mentor Center
  4. Mentor Report Forms Due: October 19th, December 11th, March 18th, May 6th
  5. Mentor Goals Due: September 25th, Febuary 12th
  6. Reflection Due: May 6th
  7. Survey Due: May 6th

Reports, goals and reflections can be emailed to wemsmentorcentor@uwplatt.edu. 

Note: At the end of each semester, any documents turned in the day of or after the date that payment forms are due to payroll, will result in 10% deduction in pay for each day late. You will be given notification of that date when it is known. (Likely the week of finals.)

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