Mentoring Program

The St. Edward’s University Employee Mentoring Program — A Great Experience

The Mentoring Program, sponsored by the Office of the President, is offered to St. Edward’s University employees who wish to grow professionally and personally through a mentor-mentee relationship! Participation in the program spans one academic year, from September to May.

Here’s How to Participate

For mentors:

Submit a Mentor Nomination Form to Human Resources by June 30.

For mentees:

Submit a Mentee Application Form to Human Resources by July 15

Links to the forms:

Mentor Nomination Form

Mentee Application Form

Forms are also available from Human Resources in Doyle Hall #131


Benefit from the experience—

• Increase personal fulfillment

• Promote professional development

• Enhance culture of mutual respect, generosity and sense of community

• Deepen the university’s mission in our commitment to one another


Mentors share invaluable guidance, expertise and experience through one-on-one mentoring relationships. They receive special group training to help them develop and refine their mentoring skills and experience a rich broadening of perspective.


A mentee is a receiver, trainee, learner or individual who seeks knowledge and support from a mentor. It is important that mentees be receptive to feedback and be enthusiastic about personal and professional growth.


The Mentoring Program and Employment

While the Mentoring Program can help fulfill personal development and career goals, please know that:

• The Mentoring Program has no direct bearing on job security, promotions, or raises.

• Mentors have no involvement with their mentees’ supervisors.

• The mentor-mentee relationship is confidential and no information is shared unless both partners agree.

• Mentors are good listeners, ask questions, propose alternative perspectives on issues and make appropriate referrals, but they are not employee advocates or intercessors.


About the Program

Mentor Selection

The Mentoring Program Steering Committee selects mentors from several sources, including self-nomination through the Mentor Nomination Form, and nominations from the St. Edward’s University community and the steering committee.

Matching Mentors to Mentees

Mentors are matched to mentee applicants based on compatibility of goals, experiences, personalities and interests. Every effort is made to match each mentee applicant with a mentor; however, participation in the program may be limited.

Mentors and Mentees Meet

One-on-One Meetings: Although mentor-mentee pairs will determine the frequency and nature of their meetings, it is recommended they meet at least once per month during the academic year.

Group Meetings: Two or three events will be hosted each academic year so that all mentor-mentee pairs can meet together as a group. The purpose of these gatherings is to promote community and to complement the one-on-one relationships with substantive presentations on professional and personal development. During the first group meeting, a facilitator will assist each mentor-mentee pair in drafting a relationship agreement that establishes the “rules of the road” (e.g. frequency of meetings, types of contact and confidentiality). The pairs will schedule their meetings for the academic year. The final event is a celebration dinner planned by the group.