Staff Mentorship Program

UCSC Mentorship Concept

The UCSC Staff Mentorship Program is a volunteer program that pairs experienced UCSC staff from all campus units with newer staff who are seeking to develop themselves professionally.

The program provides a supportive structure in which participants can cultivate contacts, explore challenges, and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths at UCSC. It also provides the opportunity to gather information, develop peer support, learn more about the function of UCSC, and better understand the UCSC organizational culture and opportunities.

Once pairs are set, mentors and mentees will define the shape and scope of their personal experience. Some pairs may choose more reading suggestions for example, whereas others may choose to rely exclusively on dialogue. The mentor relationship will technically run for one calendar year.

Program Cycles

The Staff Mentorship Program cycle runs for 10 months. The next program cycle will run from February 2025 through November 2025. The application period will open around December 2024. There will be a meet and greet where mentors and mentees mingle, then mentees will submit their preferences for a mentor and then be matched up.


Who Can Participate

Mentors are experienced UCSC career employees and well-respected advisors, coaches, and colleagues that guide and challenge, and who are willing to share their experiences.

Mentees are UCSC career employees interested in career development and who have relatively fewer years of service. 

Eligibility requirements for the program participants include:

  • Career, Partial-year Career, and Contract employee
  • Current satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Successful completion of probation by January 1, 2025

How the Program Works

  • Mentees that are accepted for the program will be notified shortly after the application deadline. 
  • Mentees and mentors accepted for the program will be invited to a networking Program Kick-Off Mixer event which will take place late January 2025. At this event mentors and mentees can meet in an informal setting. Mentees and mentors will receive the date, time, and location of this "Program Kick-Off Mixer Reception" via email.
  • After meeting, mentees and mentors will separately submit their match preferences in ranked order to the UCSC Staff Advisory Board Mentorship Committee. The committee will complete the matching process.
  • Once matching is completed, pairs will be notified and the mentoring process will begin February 2024.

Once matched, the mentor and the mentee establish mutually agreeable terms for the mentorship relationship. Mentors and mentees meet together on an established schedule for 10 months.