Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Meeting of Minds Mentoring Program at Massey College!

A Meeting of Minds

Since its launch in 1999, Massey College’s mentorship program, Meeting of Minds, has matched almost 1000 Junior Fellows with senior members of the Massey community creating valuable, mutually beneficial relationships for both mentors and mentees. The Meeting of Minds program fosters joint participation in Massey activities and provides structured opportunities for collaboration to realize the College’s aim to nurture learning and serve the public good.

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I have already mentored at Massey College twice and it has been a phenomenal learning experience for me. Passing on my own learnings and revisiting my professional journey when mentoring a young scholar, always entails listening and learning first, then adapting my experience to new needs and context and hence relearning all-over again. It is a fantastic exercise.
(Quadrangle Society Member)

Benefits of Mentoring

For Mentees (Junior Fellows): Creation of a structured and trusting relationship with a leader in their field offering guidance, networking and professional opportunities, focused but not limited to, career development.

For Mentors (Quadrangle Society Members and Senior Fellows): Opportunity to build a trusting relationship and work with bright young scholars, practice leadership and communication skills, get to know new people and experiences, and discover and contribute to the Massey College community.

The Program

In order to enrich the experience of both mentors and mentees, the Meeting of Minds program features several types of mentorship experiences:

One-on-one: Mentor and mentee, matched by the program administrator, meet on a regular basis (2 hours/month) either in-person or virtually, based on their needs and comfort level.

Group mentoring: Meetings of 1 or 2 mentors meet with a group of up to 4 mentees to discuss topics of mutual interest..

Group programming: Mentees and mentors are invited to various activities that range from leadership development, to academic preparation, to social networking.

Group mentoring and group programming activities will be developed in partnership with the Science@Massey program and Chair Barbara Sherwood Lollar (barbara.sherwoodlollar@utoronto.ca).

Timeline

September, 2020: Program Launch, recruitment and applications
October, 2020: Matching and Orientation/Training
November, 2020- March 2021: The Program
April, 2021: Recognition and Closure
May, 2021: Assessment

Participants' Committment

Participants’ Time Commitment

~15 hours over 7 months (September-April) including:

Meeting of Minds Launch event: 1 hour (September)

Training: 1 hour (early October)
Mentor-Mentee 1-1: 7 hours over 7 months – 1 hours/month (October to April)
Meeting of Minds event (professional development): 2 hours – 2 events
Meeting of Minds group mentoring: 2 hours

Mentees and Mentors Commit to:
  • Follow Massey College’s Code of Conduct
  • Participate in training sessions
  • Be ready to respect the agenda for meetings with your mentee / mentor
  • Take responsibility for the direction of the partnership while remaining open to mentee / mentor’s feedback
  • Have an interest in self-development activities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Commit to the entire duration of the program

Training for Mentors and Mentees

For Mentors

Wednesday, October 7, at 4:00pm
Anti-Bias & Microaggressions Workshop – with Alumna Chantal Phillips and Shannon Giannitsopoulou

All mentors are required to attend our Anti-bias and Microaggressions workshop with Chantal Phillips and Shannon Giannitsopoulou OR to review the material and resources below.

Download the slide deck here.

Chantal’s notes

Additional Resources

 

For Mentees

Thursday, October 8, at 4:00pm
Mentoring 101 and ask-me-anything – with Chair of the Quadrangle society David Smith

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