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Highlander Mentor Connection

Co-sponsored by UC Riverside's Human Resources, Staff Assembly and LEAD, the Highlander Mentor Connection (HMC) provides UCR staff with professional development through peer-to-peer mentorship. This is a 10-week program open to all UCR staff, serving in the role of either a mentor or mentee.

Post and share the Highlander Mentor Connection flyer.

Who is Eligible

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.

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.

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.


The program includes an initial orientation where you will meet your partner and can ask questions, and a post-program celebration where you can meet with other graduates of the program.

  • March 2021: Mentor and Mentor Selection & Acceptance
  • April 2021: Applicants will be notified
  • May 2021: Mentor/Mentee Orientation
  • May - July 2021: Program Duration
  • July 2021: Program Celebration & Debrief

A follow-up Zoom invitation will be sent to all program participants with specific details about orientation.

How to Apply

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