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Alumni Mentor Program

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Established by the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club and now in its 13th year, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program continues to foster meaningful relationships between UCLA alumni and current UCLA students. The connections made in this program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

Alumni

You have the opportunity to share your professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students.

Become a Mentor

Students

You have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA.

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Alumni Mentors

About the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students. The connections made in the program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

As an alumni mentor, you will have the opportunity to advise student(s) on academic guidance, career advice and personal development for the academic year (October to June). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Opportunities to interact through the program will include virtual discussions, networking events and workshops, UCLA athletic events, and volunteer opportunities.

Alumni do not have to be on campus to leave a footprint at UCLA. Whether you are right down the street or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

Key Dates

Oct. 17-23
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 23
Deadline for alumni to confirm student request(s) for mentorship

Nov. 8
Program Kickoff Meet-and-Greet
(virtual component for non-local alumni)

For more information, see the FAQs

How do I participate?

1.
Register / Log in to uclaone.com (on a computer, not a mobile device)
2.
Complete / Update your profile
 
Include professional, academic, and volunteer experience
 
Under the “Willing to help” section, check “Willing to be a mentor” and “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program”
 
Under the “About Me” section, answer the following: “Why do you want to mentor a current student? What do you hope to offer as a mentor?”
 
Make sure to click “Update” for each section
3.
Await student mentor request(s) in October

How will a mentor match be made?

1.
In October, students will review alumni profiles and send a message to request mentorship.
2.
You will review request(s) and confirm mentee(s) by Oct. 23.
3.
Once you’ve confirmed a mentee(s), update your profile by unchecking “Willing to be a mentor” to turn off your availability.

For questions, please contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

Students

About the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA.

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development. You will be paired for the academic year (October to June). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Opportunities to interact through the program will include virtual discussions, networking events and workshops, UCLA athletic events, and volunteer opportunities.

Key Dates

Oct. 10-12
Student info sessions: attend one session to receive priority access to review alumni profiles and request mentorship.

Oct. 17-23
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 23
Deadline to request mentorship

Nov. 8
Program Kickoff Meet-and-Greet

For more information, see the FAQs

How do I participate?

1.
Register / Log in to uclaone.com (on a computer, not a mobile device)

2.
Complete / Update your profile (under the “Me” tab, click “Update your profile”)
 
Upload a professional photo
 
Include academic, volunteer and professional experience
 
Answer this question in the “About Me” section: “What do you hope to learn from an alumni mentor?”
 
Make sure to click “Update” for each section
3.
Search and review Alumni Mentor profiles on UCLA ONE using the Directory tab:
 
Under “Refine your search” make sure to select “Willing to be a mentor”
 
Filter your search using the following categories:

UCLA: field of study, degree, grad year, communities
Work: position, company/institution, industries
Location: city, state, country
Keyword search
4.
Once you find the ideal mentor, click “Request Mentorship” on their profile. Personalize your message in the “Mentoring request” box and then click “Send.” You are allowed to request only ONE alumni mentor.
 
Introduce yourself (name, year, major) and include any relevant campus, volunteer or work experience
 
Explain what you hope to learn from an alumni mentor and why you feel he/she would be the best fit
 
Include reference(s) to information in the mentor’s profile (such as education, job, industry or volunteer experience)
 
Conclude by asking if he/she would be interested in mentoring you as part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program and thank him/her for their consideration
 
DO NOT REQUEST MENTORSHIP WITHOUT INCLUDING A PERSONALIZED MESSAGE
5.
The deadline to request an alumni mentor is Monday, Oct. 23.

If you do not receive a response to your “Request Mentorship” message by Monday, Oct. 23, please email alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

If your requested mentor confirms, you are officially part of the 2017-18 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Please save the date for our kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7–9 p.m. on campus.

Craig Anthony Rychel '05 and Nathan Skadsen

Craig Anthony Rychel ’05, Nathan Skadsen and Ty Hopp

Based in Washington, D.C., Craig Anthony Rychel ’05 has had a unique mentoring experience. He mentored two UCLA students: Ty Hopp who was studying abroad in South Korea and Nathan Skadsen, who coincidentally, was participating in the UCDC exchange program. Ty and Nathan both requested Craig as their mentor because he was serving as a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department and they were interested in international affairs. […]
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Ty and Craig exclusively connected through email where they maintained frequent communication and spoke about traveling, applying to grad school, Ty’s involvement in the State Department’s Virtual Foreign Service Internship program, and upcoming summer plans.

Nathan and Craig started out connecting over email, but through happenstance, Nathan was accepted to the UCDC program and was able to meet with Craig in person. Nathan and Craig saw each other frequently to discuss Nathan’s interests, academic papers, and his internship on Capitol Hill, and have spent time at a few D.C. hot spots.

“Although a challenge to maintain relationships through email, it actually has worked out much easier because all of us have such hectic schedules,” says Craig, “I’m looking forward to seeing where these two intelligent guys end up.”

Andrea Wong and Walter Watson, M.B.A. '82

Andrea Wong and Walter Watson, M.B.A. ’82

Walter Watson M.B.A. ’82 and Andrea Wong had the opportunity to volunteer in the MLK Jr. Day of Service at Queen Anne Elementary School in Los Angeles as part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Along with other Bruins, they helped beautify the campus by painting a mural on the playground to inspire children. Watson said, “The mentor activities provide a forum to talk and learn in an environment separated from routine work and school.”
Amanda Gunn, Marian Gabra, Ph.D. '10, and Fanny Garcia

Amanda Gunn, Marian Gabra, Ph.D. ’10, and Fanny Garcia

Marian H. Gabra, Ph.D. ’10, academic counselor with the Academic Advancement Program (AAP), mentored two students: Amanda Gunn and Fanny Garcia.

One of the main reasons why Amanda requested Marian was because Amanda was interested in a career in academic counseling. Marian was able to discuss with Amanda the challenges and rewards of the position, the path towards this type of career, and how to become a competitive candidate for a graduate program in academic counseling. […]

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Fanny requested Marian as her mentor as a result of being a student in Marian’s Literature and Intensive Writing course during the AAP Transfer Summer Program in 2013. Their connection evolved quite organically. Marian says, “Fanny (was) interested in pursuing a graduate degree in either Creative Writing or English. Since I earned a PhD in Comparative Literature, I have been able to guide Fanny through the research, application, and scholarship process.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni

Why should I participate in the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program?

UCLA students are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experiences. We want to ensure that they are prepared in every aspect possible upon graduating from UCLA and entering the workforce. With your wisdom and guidance, we can work together to make sure UCLA students get the most out of their education by connecting with their UCLA alumni network. In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, we hope the mentorship provides lasting relationships that will continue to grow and evolve far beyond Westwood.

What is expected of me as a mentor?

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for the full academic year (October to June) with the mentee(s) you have accepted. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Throughout the year we’ll offer tips on effective mentorship techniques, topics to discuss with your student and suggested activities to connect. Opportunities to interact through the program will include virtual discussions, networking events and workshops, UCLA athletic events, and volunteer opportunities. Our team will also be standing by to answer any questions you might have. Prior mentorship experience is not required.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment as a mentor lasts for the academic year (October – June). Alumni register to be a mentor in September, and then students review profiles and request a mentor in mid-October. Once you review your request(s) and confirm a student mentee(s), you will officially be a part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

How will a mentor match be made?

Once you register for the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program through UCLA ONE (uclaone.com) you’ll be part of our exclusive, online mentoring community. Starting in October, UCLA students will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds the ideal mentor, the student will click on the profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.

How many students can I mentor?

We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.

What if I receive more than one request for mentorship?

If you receive multiple requests, you will be able to review each student’s profile before confirming a request. We hope you’ll accept as many mentees as you feel fit to mentor, but you do have the option to decline a student if you simply don’t have time or think it’s the wrong fit. We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.

I’m still receiving messages from students requesting mentorship, yet I have already accepted my maximum number of mentees?

Once you have approved your mentee(s) request for mentorship, you will want to unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box in your profile. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

What if I want to continue mentoring the student beyond the academic year?

Alumni are welcome to continue mentoring their students as long as they are willing and able.

Are events and program activities mandatory?

Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as the mentor and mentee see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as my program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your student.

Do I have to be in Los Angeles to participate as a mentor?

You do not have to live in Los Angeles to participate. You can mentor by connecting with your student via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still be a great alumni mentor. This year we will also provide more virtual events and discussions for you and your mentee to participate in.

How do I sign up to be a mentor?

It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentor. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.

What if I don’t receive any requests for mentorship from students?

We encourage you to complete your UCLA ONE profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. In addition, we have included the opportunity to answer the questions “Why do you want to mentor a current student?” and “What do you hope to offer as a mentor?” Those will provide students with the best information to request mentorship. If you aren’t requested for mentorship through this program, Alumni Affairs offers many opportunities to volunteer your time and expertise – https://alumni.ucla.edu/get-involved/.

Students

Why should I participate as a student in the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program?

As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA. The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to select a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development.

What is expected of me as a mentee?

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for the full academic year (October to June) with the mentor who has accepted your request for mentorship. We encourage you to connect with your mentor on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Opportunities to interact through the program will include virtual discussions, networking events and workshops, UCLA athletic events, and volunteer opportunities. Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. The Alumni Mentor Program is about building your professional network, personal development and gaining academic and career advice. This program is not a direct pipeline to a job or internship, though it can often help with opportunities in the future.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment as a student mentee lasts for the academic year (October – June). Alumni will register to be a mentor in September and in mid-October, students will review profiles and send requests to their preferred mentor. Alumni will review your request(s) and confirm/select student mentee(s) through the UCLA ONE site. Once this happens you will be officially part of the 2017-2018 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

How will a mentor match be made?

Starting in mid-October, you will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits your interests and career goals. Once you find your ideal mentor, you will click on the alumni profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.

Is there a limit to how many mentor requests I can send?

You are only allowed to send one mentor request. Make sure to review alumni profiles carefully and send your request to the alumnus who best fits your interests and career goals.

I reached out to someone, and did not receive a response. What should I do?

We ask that you give alumni enough time to respond, typically 2-3 days. Keep in mind that mentors are busy with their professions and personal lives, so please be considerate of their time. If you do not receive a mentorship request acceptance, please do not send a follow-up message asking alumni if they received your request and would like to be your mentor. You may contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu and we will determine if you are allowed to submit a second mentor request.

The mentor I was interested in connecting with, now no longer is willing to help?

Once a mentor has accepted their mentee match, they will uncheck the “Willing to be a mentor” box to indicate that they are no longer accepting mentor requests.

What if I want to continue my mentor/mentee match beyond the academic year?

You are welcome to stay connected with your mentor as long as they are willing and able to help.

Are events and program activities mandatory?

Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as both of you see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as my program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your mentor.

Can I request a mentor who lives outside of Los Angeles?

Alumni Mentors do not have to live in Los Angeles to participate. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still have a great connection. This year we will provide more virtual events and discussions for you and your mentor to participate in.

How do I sign up to be a mentee?

It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentee. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.

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