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MKE Fellows Mentor Expectations and Guidelines

Mentoring your MKE Fellows:


Mentoring is an exceptionally important component of our MKE Fellows program. Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond. You, as an MKE Fellows mentor, will have a tremendous impact on the students you coach.

  • Keep regular and frequent contacts with your mentees. We ask that you keep a minimum of three contacts per summer. At least one of these should be a face-to-face exchange.
  • Keep the content of discussions within the mentoring relationship confidential. All your exchanges with your mentee–both personal and professional–are subject to the expectations of professional confidentiality.
  • Mentors are NOT expected to evaluate a mentee’s work; rather, a mentor helps a mentee find resources to receive objective evaluations and feedback on performance. If you believe that one of your mentees is struggling and you are unsure of the next possible steps, please contact MKE Fellows staff/partners who can help facilitate.


Attendance & Participation:

You will receive invitations to several MKE Fellows events throughout the year specific to mentors and mentorship. Ready to explore our events? Click (here) for access to this year’s full Google Calendar of events.



  1. MKE Fellows Staff: MKE Fellows will check in to see how your mentor/mentee relationship is going. Please respond promptly.
  2. RSVPs: We ask that you respond promptly when contacted for an MKE Fellows event.
  3. Serve as an ambassador in the Milwaukee community for the MKE fellows program: We expect you to maintain a professional manner out in the community when you’re representing MKE Fellows and/or are present with your mentee.
  4. Give us feedback: We need your input! As the MKE Fellows program grows, your suggestions and feedback are important. We send surveys periodically asking you to report on your experiences as a MKE Fellows Mentor.
  5. Mentor Best Practices: Please use the mentor best practices guide below to build meaningful relationships with your mentees.


  • Take the initiative in the relationship. Invite your mentee to meet with you, suggest topics to discuss, ask if you can offer advice.

  • Raise questions such as:
    • “Where are you going?”
    • “What are you doing next?”
    • “What are you spending your time on?”

    • Listening attentively is a big part of effective mentoring. Avoid distractions such as phones.
    • Make observations or suggestions, and offer advice tentatively.
    • Avoid making judgments or issuing evaluative statements.
    • Be explicit that you are only offering suggestions that should be weighed along with advice and ideas received from other coaches or mentors.
    • Respect the privacy and time commitments of your mentee.
    • Maintain the strictest confidence about anything that your mentee says to you.
    • Introduce and expose your mentee within your own professional circle and to circles outside the university community as relevant.

  •  Download More Mentor Resources HERE