Staff Senate Mentorship Program
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 2023) — The University of Kentucky Staff Senate is continuing the university-wide staff mentorship program January 2024 through May 2024. Applications for the program are being accepted from January 8-31, 2024.
The Staff Senate Mentorship Program strives to help UK staff grow professionally, gain new perspectives, develop and enhance leadership skills and foster relationships between new and seasoned staff members.
Full-time (.75 FTE or greater) staff members can apply to be either a mentor or mentee. STEPS employees may apply to participate only as mentees, contingent upon their supervisors’ approval to participate. The program will match a mentee with a mentor who has the experience, knowledge and insight to assist the mentee in reaching professional goals. In turn, mentors can gain leadership skills, be exposed to new ideas and interests and broaden their networks.
The program is set up on the Wildcat Network platform. Mentorship pairs can choose to meet in-person or virtually. Regardless of the chosen meeting format, mentorship pairs will “track” their meetings on Wildcat Network. The January 2024 Lunch & Learn will feature an overview of Wildcat Network. Tools and resources are provided to help navigate the program and ensure a successful mentoring relationship.
Former mentee and Staff Senator Dale Davis said his mentorship experience was excellent. “My mentor had a lot of wisdom to share,” said Davis. “I think at a large university, it is important to focus on wisdom and utilize the leadership this university has to offer.”
Mentorship program applications for the upcoming cycle must be submitted here no later than January 31, 2024. Mentorship pairs will be announced on February 2, 2024 and the official program will begin on February, 5, 2024 via Wildcat Network.
For more information about the Staff Senate Mentorship Program, contact Professional Development Committee Chair Christine Wildes (email@example.com) and/or Wildcat Network Program Coordinator Christy Coffman (firstname.lastname@example.org).