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Alumni Mentor Program

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Established by the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club and now in its 16th 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.

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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

During this critical time for our students, 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, navigate uncertainty, and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

As an alumni mentor, you will have the opportunity to provide student(s) academic guidance as well as career and personal development advice for the academic year (October to June). Your insights on managing change and overcoming difficulty can have a deep and profound impact, particularly during this time. We encourage mentors and students to connect on a regular basis (e.g., once-a-month phone call, in-person meeting when safe, or email conversation); however, the frequency and form of communication are things you can determine together.

With students in remote learning for the time being, our alumni are even more crucial to our students’ success. Your mentorship can help a student create a game plan for the year ahead and even begin to build their network. Mentorship can also help students to move through their career discovery process without being on campus. 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 — 2020–21

Sept. 24
Mentor Virtual Info Webinar – Undergrad (5 p.m.) — RSVP

Oct. 20–27
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 30
Deadline for alumni to confirm student request(s) for mentorship

Nov. 18
Program Kickoff Virtual Event (5 p.m.)

If you have missed a deadline or have questions, please contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

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 by clicking on “Edit Profile” on the top right
 
Upload a professional photo
 
Include professional, academic, and volunteer experience
 
Under the “Offer Mentorship” section, check “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program”
 
Under the “About Me” section, answer the alumni question: “Why do you want to mentor a current student?”
 
Make sure to click “Save” at the bottom of the page to save all changes.
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 through UCLA ONE to request mentorship.
2.
You will review request(s) and confirm mentee(s) by Oct. 30. You can do this though the “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” tab on the right, under “Mentor requests and approvals.”
3.
Once you’ve confirmed your maximum number of mentees, update your settings on UCLA ONE by going to your profile, then select “Edit Profile” and under “Offer Mentorship” uncheck “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” to turn off your availability.
4.
After confirming a mentee(s), you are officially part of the 2020–21 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Please save the date for our virtual kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 18, starting at 5 p.m.

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 across the globe or in your hometown. 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 students to connect on a regular basis (e.g., once-a-month phone call, in-person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you can determine together.

Mentors can open doors, introduce you to different people, and give you insights you may not have. Make the most of your year ahead by making a great connection.

Key Dates — 2020–21

Oct. 12–14
Student Virtual Info Sessions: attend one session to receive priority access to review alumni profiles and request mentorship.

Oct. 12 | 5 p.m. | Undergraduate Info Session — RSVP
Oct. 13 | 2 p.m. | Undergraduate Info Session — RSVP
Oct. 14 | Noon | Undergraduate Info Session — RSVP

Oct. 20–27
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 27
Deadline to request mentorship

Nov. 18
Program Kickoff Virtual Event (5 p.m.)

If you have missed a deadline or have questions, please contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

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 by clicking on “Edit Profile” on the top right
 
Upload a professional photo
 
Include academic, volunteer and professional experience
 
Under the “About Me” section, answer the student question: “What do you hope to learn from an alumni mentor?”
 
Make sure to click “Save” at the bottom of the page to save all changes.
3.
Search and review Alumni Mentor profiles on UCLA ONE using the Directory tab:
 
Once on the directory page, make sure to select the tab “Mentors” (located near the top).
 
Filter your search using the following categories:

UCLA: field of study, degree, grad year, communities (e.g. AAP, First Gen, LGBTQIA, Transfer, Veteran)
Work: company, industry, job function
Location: city, state, country
Keyword search
Starting Oct. 20, students can request a mentor by following step 4 below:
4.
Click “Request Mentorship” button on your ideal mentor’s profile (located on the right side within the person’s profile). Personalize your message in the message pop-up 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 Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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

If your requested mentor confirms, you are officially part of the 2020–21 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Please save the date for our virtual kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 18, starting at 5 p.m.

Monique Mun ’12

Monique Mun ’12

Bachelor of Science in psychobiology
PGY-2 Psychiatry Resident, Henry Ford Health System

Student mentee Mika Verner, fourth year psychology major, shared, “Monique has been so helpful to me during my senior year as a pre-medical student. I do not have any acquaintances that have gone through medical school or have recently applied, so I was pretty lost on what to expect from the MCAT, school application, gap-year, etc. I was extremely afraid of the MCAT approaching, wondered about what would be appropriate for a medical student to do during their gap year, and I felt like I had nowhere to turn to discuss these worries. […]

“Monique truly put my stress and anxiety towards this to ease. If I had any doubts or concerns, I would email her explaining my thoughts and she would always quickly respond with as much information as she could, shared her experiences and gave me words of encouragement. I really appreciated and continue to appreciate all she has taught me and shared with me, as it has made my transition from an undergraduate to possible medical school student less stressful and more exciting. She goes beyond what I expected any mentor to be from the program, and even called me during the pandemic (an extremely busy time for our frontline workers, such as she), to help me brainstorm and work through possible topics and directions for my personal essay. She also offered to look over my essay to give pointers and proofread, which I am very thankful for, as I value her input and her experiences. I am so happy to have found Dr. Mun and she definitely made my senior and medical school applicant experiences much better than they would have been without her mentorship.”

Lianne Stein ’84

Lianne Stein ’84

Bachelor of Arts in political science

Student mentee Madison Moneymaker, first year pre-political science and pre-public affairs major, shared, “Lianne has simply exceeded any expectations I had when applying for a mentor. She is prompt, so helpful, and has become like a maternal figure to me. She is a past Boeing executive and has never failed to go above and beyond for me, whether that be connections-wise or helping me navigate my freshman year. She never fails to keep in contact weekly with me (during the school year and still a lot now), lives in Hawaii and still managed to meet up with me in Westwood. […]

“Lianne is truly the model woman for a truly amazing alumni mentor. She continues to inspire me every day with her largely evident amazing work ethic, charisma, and kindness and I could not be more excited for my next three years with her. I know I can go to her for absolutely anything and I cannot express enough how much she helped me through my freshman year, as it is so much more helpful talking to someone who has gone through exactly what I have and has accomplished more than I would ever hope to.”

Nick Kellerman ’19

Nick Kellerman ’19

Bachelor of Science in engineering
Leadership Rotational Associate, Boston Scientific

Student mentee Angel Zhu, first year pre-business economics major, shared, “Nick Kellerman has distinguished himself as an extremely dedicated, caring, honest and positive individual. Despite being busy working at Boston Scientific full time, volunteering at PAP Foundation as the Director of Patient Outreach, and handling unforeseen family circumstances, Nick has truly gone the distance and beyond for me. […]

“He made it clear in our first in-person conversation that he’s happy to do whatever he can to assist me, and eager to mold the mentorship into whatever would help me grow the most. Shortly afterwards, he created a document with a long letter to me, describing his UCLA experience, general tips, advice from his girlfriend to me, various UCLA resources, and hyperlinked documents he had created (including an informational interview guide, networking guide and network management spreadsheet).

“Nick has helped me strengthen my professional profile by giving me mock case interviews, proofreading my essays for various applications, refining my resume and assisting me with my elevator pitch. Additionally, he sent me consulting resources and case books. Because of Nick’s amazing mentorship, I was able to form even more genuine connections and learn from a wide range of informal mentors. Nick has become so much more than a mentor to me. He is a role model, supporter and friend. I’m so thankful that I met him through the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. He has impacted my life forever, and I know he will continue to do so for years to come.”

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. 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 “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” box under “Offer Mentorship” in your profile. You can do so by clicking on “Edit Profile,” then scrolling down to “Offer Mentorship” and unchecking “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.” 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 many 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. We will provide 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 question, “Why do you want to mentor a student?” That 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 request 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. Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. The UCLA 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 2020-21 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. Just go ahead and cancel your request, and make a new request to another potential mentor. You may contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu if you have any questions.

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 update their profile 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 many 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?

Many of our Alumni Mentors do not have to live in Los Angeles. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype or FaceTime and still have a great connection. With remote learning in place, we recommend you find a mentor who interests you and shares aspects (hometown, background, etc.) that are meaningful to you. We will provide virtual events and discussions for you and your mentor to participate in, but your regularly scheduled communication is up to you to keep going.

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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