Program Overview:

2019-2020 Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Alumni Association Program Goals

  • Meet a significant and increasing demand for CDU students to gain insight from alumni by helping to prepare them for their professional journey following graduation. Alumni are also seeking to establish meaningful interactions with current students.
  • Develop a local mentor program to connect alumni who are interested in learning from and helping students by sharing their career and professional experiences.
  • Provide a vehicle for University Advancement to further engage college deans, chairs, faculty and campus partners with a valuable program to support students and reintroduce and build relationships with alumni mentors.

Program Overview

  • A 1:1 match with current students and alumni based in Southern California on their college and major and field of interest.
  • Students are responsible for driving the relationship with their mentors. Once selected, mentees and mentors develop, sign and submit their commitment agreement and goals documents by Friday, November 1, and are accountable for meeting them.
  • Mentors and Mentees will match during the kick-off reception on Thursday, November 7.  
  • All mentors and mentees will attend a mandatory retreat on Saturday, November 16 outlining program objectives and training.
  • Program duration: entire academic year (November - May).

Program Outline

October: Includes application period; review process; matching of mentors and mentees; and notification; in-person mentee orientation for selected students.
Application deadline: October 25

November 1: Mentor-mentee Goals and Communication Agreement documents due
November 7: Event reception with mentors and mentees.
November – May: Ongoing engagement through workshops, online and in-person communication with mentees, mentors, and university staff and faculty

  • Once a month mandatory Professional Development workshops for mentors administered by the Alumni Relations Unit and Career   Services.
  • Once a month check-in reports from Alumni Mentors submitted to Brittney Miller, Alumni Associate.
  • Retreat for mentor-mentee training on Saturday, November 16 from 9am – 2pm.  

March 13: Mentor and mentee networking social and mid-point participant online survey
May 23: Mentee- Mentors finale celebration on campus

Measuring Success

  • Completion of individual goals determined by mentors/mentees at program’s outset in November.
  • Ongoing dialogue/discussion with mentors and mentees throughout initiative and the conclusion of the program, including conversation outcomes and frequency; topics discussed; projected next steps for future dialogue; how to additionally support mentors and mentees; and tracking potential shadow and campus visits.
  • Career development tracking (internship, job opportunities, other networking opportunities with mentor colleagues, peers).
  • Mid-point and conclusion: online evaluation surveys.
  • Ongoing communication between mentors and mentees beyond formal program conclusion for mentor to continue to serve as a resource to their mentee.

Setting Goals

  • (S) Specific-The goal should be concrete and action-oriented.
  • (M) Measurable-How will you know when you have achieved it?
  • Achievable-The goal should require effort, but be attainable
  • (R) Realistic- Do you have the ability and commitment to reach it?
  • (T) Timely- What is the specific timeframe for achieving the goal?

Mentee Goals to Consider (includes setting a deadline)

  • Learning about your mentor’s career journey
  • Gaining insight regarding a career the mentee may be considering
  • Networking opportunities/value of networking
  • Job shadowing (plan ahead)
  • Determining career options following graduation
  • Getting employment or internship opportunity insights from your mentor
  • Exploring and meeting internship application deadlines
  • Appreciating the importance of work/life balance
  • Helping make professional decisions (determining job opportunities such as salary, benefits, culture and promotion opportunities)
  • Graduate or professional school preparation (including discernment, testing, application process and deadlines)
  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Interview preparation, scheduling mock interviews, Skype interview preparation
  • Creating/improving your LinkedIn profile
  • Business development (business environment culture, dress code, difference between serving as a part-time employee and full-time employee)
  • Learning the value of a CDU education
  • Recommended course selections for the next semester and beyond
  • Improving study habits