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Highlander Mentor Connection

 Co-sponsored by UC Riverside's Human Resources, Staff Assembly, Leaders of Excellence and Distinction (LEAD) and Academic Management Professionals (AMP); the Highlander Mentor Connection (HMC) provides UCR staff with professional development through peer-to-peer mentorship. This program is open to all UCR staff, serving in the role of either a mentor or mentee.

2022 Winter Program

  • Application deadline: Please note that the application deadline has passed. Be sure to check back for more program dates.
  • Program begins: Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.
  • Programs closes: Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Program Details

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Who is

All current UCR staff who have successfully passed their probationary status are eligible. We’d also like to emphasize that anyone can be a mentor, and anyone can be a mentee.

For example, even if you’ve been working here for 20+ years, you can still be a mentee and learn something new. Similarly, even if you’re just starting out in your career, you may possess valuable skills that you can pass on to a fellow staff member via mentorship.

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Why Should
I join

The mentorship program provides a supportive structure in which participants can cultivate contacts, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths.

This program promotes an environment conducive to learning, developing and growing, which not only benefits individual participants, but the campus as a whole. The program also empowers staff to be active contributors to UCR’s culture of collaboration so that each staff member can best support the mission of the University of California.

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What is the
Time Commitment

We ask that all mentor-mentee pairs meet a minimum of once every two weeks. Suggested topics for discussion include getting to know each other, sharing educational and professional experience, goal-setting, potential areas for development, resume review, mock job interviews, and networking opportunities.

There is a lot of room for flexibility in where and how often you meet. You can meet over email, Zoom/Microsoft Teams, phone, or in-person (once stay-at-home precautions are over). Other suggested times to meet could be for a coffee or lunch break, or you could even meet outside of business hours if that works better for your schedules.

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How to

Once applications are received, the HMC executive committee will assign mentor-mentee pairs based on several criteria including professional experience, shared interests and goals.

For questions, please contact Lela Dennis, Director of Employee & Organizational Development Programs at