In the university, we preserve the greatness of the past and create the wonders of the future. Mentorship is essential to that dual perspective because it bridges the two; one definition of a mentor is, in fact, 'someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.
~ Sally K. Mason, University of Iowa President

Welcome to the UI Mentoring Clearinghouse!

This mentoring website has been developed to assist individuals and organizations in learning more about mentoring opportunities on the University of Iowa campus and in the larger community. 

Each section contains a review of various University of Iowa opportunities, as well as additional programs and resources that may be of interest to the campus community.

What is Mentoring? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “mentor” as “a trusted counselor or guide.”  Traditionally, mentoring has been seen as a collaborative process in which someone with greater experience (the “mentor”) offers support, guidance, and advice to facilitate the learning and development of someone with lesser experience (the “mentee” or “protégé”).   Mentoring relationships can be quite varied and may take equally effective forms as informal or formal dyads, mosaic development networks, career advice networks, peer mentoring, and/or organizational and group mentoring.  No one type of mentoring fits all people and all needs.

Why Mentoring?  Mentoring supports the core values of The University of Iowa.  It infuses and informs all aspects of our work -- from preparing undergraduates to become well-informed lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and productive employees, to promoting excellence in teaching, research, and service among our faculty and innovation among our staff.  A campus that promotes a culture of mentoring strengthens its ability to recruit and retain engaged and diverse students, staff, and faculty, and strengthens the fabric of community that infuses all aspects of campus life.

What are the Benefits?  All people engaged in mentoring relationships benefit from the experience.   Mentors benefit by building a stronger sense of community at the University, learning new things about themselves and their profession, being challenged to approach an issue through another’s perspective, and increasing their own knowledge about mentoring of others, as well as themselves.  Mentees have the opportunity to benefit from the relationship by developing professional relationships with others who can advise on their personal and professional goals, gaining a better understanding of the University and community, focusing on long-term career goals, and receiving insight from women and men whose experience can assist in moving forward.  Moreover, both mentors and mentees have the opportunity to learn about themselves and others through engaging in intentional relationships with people who share something of interest in common, but who may also be generationally, ethnically, educationally, or professionally different than they are.