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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mentors

  1. What is Mentoring?
  2. What is a Mentor?
  3. What is a Mentee?
  4. Am I Qualified to Mentor?
  5. What does a mentor do?
  6. As a mentor, are there requests that I can deny?
  7. How much time does Mentoring require?
  8. What are the benefits of being a Mentor?
  9. 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 Mentor?
A mentor is a faculty or staff volunteer from Hostos Community College who is willing to devote individual attention to an assigned student. A mentor answers questions and provides guidance to a mentee. With proper training, a mentor can potentially become a student's academic advisor.

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3. 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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4. Am I Qualified to Mentor?
There is no experience necessary to participate as a mentor. The Center for Teaching and Learning will provide necessary training and support.

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5. 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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6.As a mentor, are there requests that I can deny?
Yes, if a mentee asks you to provide a service that is offered by the college, and it is a service for which you are not directly responsible, you should not agree to provide that service. Mentors are not tutors, editors, nor can they negotiate grades with a student's professor. 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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7. 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.

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8. What are the benefits of being a Mentor?
A faculty or staff's participation as a mentor is considered commitment to the institution. As a mentor, s/he will become a part of positive action that is student-centered. Bonds formed with mentees often last throughout the a student's academic career. By volunteering, a faculty or staff's energy and enthusiasm will contribute to creating a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for our Hostos students

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9. 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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