Women in EMS Mentor Program

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Women in EMS Mentor Program matches freshmen and sophomore women with upper-class women in small peer mentor groups (generally 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 campus events and programs together.

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:

  • Develop exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Serve as a role model and impact younger STEM students.
  • Demonstrate to future employers a commitment to the STEM fields (i.e. Boosting your resume). 

ELIGIBILITY

All women students pursuing or intending to pursue a major in the College of EMS at UW-Platteville

BEING A MENTOR

Mentor Requirements:

  • Be declared in a major within the College of EMS
  • Have earned more than 50 credit hours
  • Have completed two years of college and at least one year at UW-Platteville
  • Be in good academic standing (students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will have priority consideration)

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Spend approximately 30 hours per semester on mentor program requirements (1.5-2 hours per week on average)
  • Coordinate meetings for your mentor group at least eight times per semester
  • Keep an accurate record of time spent and communication with mentees
  • Participate in mentor training and orientation
  • Attend mentor program group events
  • Complete a survey at the end of each academic year
  • Sign and uphold a participation agreement
  • 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
  • Attend a mentor check-in meeting each semester.

BEING A MENTEE

Mentee Requirements:

  • Be declared in a major within the College of EMS
  • Be a first or second year college student or a first-year transfer student

Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Attend Mentor Program group events
  • Participate in planning and attend meetings/activities scheduled by your mentor group
  • Seek guidance and advice from your mentor regarding educational success
  • Maintain consistent communication with your mentor
  • Complete a 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 completing the Mentor Application. First selecton deadline is May 12.  Second selection deadline is July 31.  Third selection deadline is August 31. Later applications may be considered as alternates and be informed after September 12 when we know how many mentees we have. 
  • As part of the online application, upload your responses to the essay questions and a current resume.
  • You must be available for the Mentor Program Kick-off on Tuesday, September 19 from 6pm-8pm unless you have class or another event that cannot be avoided. Please discuss with Kim.
  • You must be available for training on Saturday, September 16, 10am-3pm to apply unless given permission by Kim Sargent.

AS A MENTEE:

  • Sign up to be a mentee at Mentee Application.  Applications are due Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
  • Attend the Mentor Program Kick-off on Tuesday, September 19 from 6pm-8pm to meet your mentor group and begin planning for the semester!
  • Make a good faith effort to meet with your mentor and communicate with her in a timely manner.
  • ​Did you miss the fall sign-up to be a mentee?  That's OK, email us at wemsmentorcenter@uwplatt.edu and we will find you a mentor.  It's never too late to join!

Women in EMS meNTOR cENTER

Mentor groups enjoy gathering in the Women in EMS Mentor Center, located in Ottensman Hall Room 045. The newly remodeled Mentor Center is a welcoming, inclusive 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!

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