RISE: RU’s Alumni & Student Mentoring Program

What is RISE?

RISE stands for relationship, inspiration, support and engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to build meaningful relationships between alumni and students and create a stronger Rochester University community. Alumni mentors can serve as positive role models while providing valuable guidance, support and encouragement to students as they navigate through the challenges of transitioning from an academic to a professional life.

How it Works

  • Juniors and Seniors interested in participating in the RISE mentoring program must receive a faculty endorsement or recommendation to be eligible.
  • Mentors (alumni) and mentees (students) will be paired based on the information provided on their profiles.
  • The RISE Coordinator will notify each participant with the name of their mentor/mentee and provide contact and other relevant information.
  • Once paired, connect as soon as possible to agree on when and how you will communicate. For example:
    • What are the preferred communication methods? (eg: in person, phone, email, video chat, etc.)
    • How often will you meet/interact?
    • How long will a typical meeting or call last?
    • If you need to cancel a meeting or call, how will that be communicated?
  • The RISE Coordinator will contact both mentors and mentees periodically for updates on your progress. As this is a new program, please share your experiences and suggestions for improvement.

What is Expected of RISE Mentors

  • Approach the mentoring relationship with respect, professionalism and an open mind.
  • Respond to all communications in a timely manner.
  • Define both your goals and those of your mentee using the RISE Mentoring Program Goals as a launching point.
  • Working with your mentee, complete the “RISE Mentoring Agreement” and email it to the RISE Coordinator.
  • Contact the RISE Coordinator at bphillips1@rochesteru.edu if you have any questions, concerns or issues.

What is Expected of RISE Mentees

  • Approach the mentoring relationship with respect, professionalism and an open mind.
  • Be the first to make contact and take the initiative to set up meetings with your mentor.
  • Respond to all communications in a timely manner.
  • Solicit suggestions and feedback from your mentor and be receptive to constructive criticism.
  • Define both your goals and those of your mentor using the RISE Mentoring Program Goals as a launching point.
  • Working with your mentor, complete the “Mentoring Agreement” and email it to the RISE Coordinator.
  • Contact the RISE Coordinator at bphillips@rochesteru.edu if you have any questions, concerns or issues.
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