Each mentee is paired with a mentor by program area or shared identity based on mentees’ preference and mentor availability. This one-on-one mentorship occurs through one-hour Zoom calls each month, where mentee-mentor pairs discuss grad school plans, workshop any application materials, and provide individual-level support needed. Throughout the year, there is also ongoing communication and connection over Slack where mentees can ask the larger group of mentors questions about grad school or the application process and connect with other mentees with shared identities and experiences
Each month, lead mentors at UMN lead 1-2 panels or workshops that focus on a range of topics from individual aspects of the grad application to fellowships and miscellaneous professional development topics. Lead mentors also moderate a smaller series called the #nextgenStories series, where a panel of 5-7 mentors with a shared identity discuss their individual journeys to grad school. In the fall, mentors across various programs sign up to host application material workshops for mentees to get peer-to-peer feedback.
As a show of appreciation for graduate students’ time and to honor the diverse perspectives they share with mentees, graduate students are paid a consulting fee thanks to the generous support from the University of Minnesota Tri-Psychology Programs.