This website is designed to inform students, faculty and staff of the many mentoring resources available as you build meaningful mentoring relationships with others. If you are a faculty, staff or peer mentor, this website can provide you with helpful information to enhance the mentoring relationship you have with your mentee or protégé. If you are someone seeking a mentor, we hope to give you some direction on how to find one.
Mentoring comes from the Greek word meaning "enduring," and is defined as a sustained relationship between two individuals, a mentor and a mentee (or protégé). Through continued involvement, the mentor offers support, guidance and assistance as the developing person faces new challenges.
A mentor is an experienced person who provides guidance and support in a variety of ways to the developing individual. They act as a role model, guide, tutor, coach or confidante. Their message is that mentees are worth their time and effort because they are valuable people. Through their expertise, words, and example, they help expand mentees' horizons and increase their chances of success.
Mentors are beneficial in every stage of one's life, in academic, professional, and personal realms. Mentors enrich lives by sharing their experiences, by listening and giving advice and through their life examples.
May your experience at Michigan allow you to build some meaningful mentoring relationships!