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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mentees

  1. What is Mentoring?
  2. What is a Mentee?
  3. Am I Qualified to be a Mentee?
  4. What does a mentor do?
  5. Is there anything that I cannot ask a mentor to do?
  6. How much time does Mentoring require?
  7. What are the benefits of being a mentee?
  8. How do I sign up?
FAQ Answers
1. What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship in which a faculty or staff member provides guidance to a Hostos student, who is working towards successful graduation. The mentoring relationship develops as a student requests advice and guidance from an assigned faculty or staff member who offers solutions to academic questions and frustrations. The mentoring relationship is formed outside of regular classroom activity, and within the confines of all institutional policies, rules, codes of conduct, and regulations

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2. What is a Mentee?
A mentee is a student who volunteers to be assigned to a Hostos Community College faculty or staff member. S/he will ask for guidance when academic questions or frustrations arise.

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3. Am I Qualified to be a Mentee?
Mentee qualities are as follows (1) CLIP students (2) if you have not passed all parts of the CUNYACT (reading, writing, math) exam (3) if you are a first year Hostos student.

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4. What does a mentor do?
A mentor will set up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee. S/he will meet with their mentee during office hours, communicate by email, or have a phone conversation. Discussion topics range from academic successes to other challenges. S/he will provide guidance to their mentees questions and concerns. S/he is to be used as a resource to assist a mentee with navigating the Hostos Community College system. S/he will serve as an introduction for their mentee to various campus services.

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5. Is there anything that I cannot ask a mentor to do?
A mentor cannot replace a service that is offered by Hostos Community College for which s/he is not responsbile. S/he is not a tutor, editor, and cannot and will not negotiate mentee grades. Mentors and mentees will be advised of their individual roles during Mentor/Mentee orientation sessions, and in the Mentor/Mentee handbooks

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6. How much time does Mentoring require?
The mentor and mentee commitment is minimally one hour per week. The mentor and mentee work together to set a regular meeting schedule for the duration of the academic semester

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7. What are the benefits of being a mentee?
Mentees have the privilege of being introduced to faculty and staff members of the college with whom they might not otherwise have contact. Mentors, also, serve as a direct link and quick reference to registration and other processes of the college. Additionally, qualified mentors can serve as advisors to their mentees. In general, students who have mentors participate, more frequently, in classroom and extra-curricular activities, gain more real life experiences, and have higher graduation rates from the institution at which they started.

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8. How do I sign up?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please click on “How do I sign up?” and then on the category that applies to you. Contact Sarah Brennan in B-462, or x6609 with any inquiries.

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