*Dave Gandara, ’90, a UW Alumni Association board member, is serving as the career mentor to Catherine Rose Bugayong (left), a junior who last fall was a student mentor to Michell Jaquish, an incoming EOP student.
Three key participants are involved in the mentor partnership:
Incoming OMA&D student (freshman or transfer) interested in meeting an experienced UW student mentor who can help them navigate their way through their first quarter.
Continuing UW OMA&D student of sophomore, junior, or senior status who meets our qualifications and volunteer to help a new student (protégé) through their first quarter. As a caring and experienced UW student, they will introduce the new student to academic services, campus resources, college life, and be a support system as they transition to the UW.
UW Alumnus or friend of the University from diverse professional fields (i.e. Architecture, Business, Computers, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Social Services, Teaching, and more). These Career Professionals help the student develop better knowledge and insight into prospective careers or professions to further empower their career goals and decisions.
Phase I: Autumn Quarter
Peer Mentoring – The incoming new student (protégé) is paired with a continuing student mentor to help them transition successfully and succeed at the UW
Phase II: Winter Quarter
Career Connections – Student mentors and proteges are engaged with career exploration and opportunities to develop career connections with UW Alumni/Career Professionals through UWAA career events and programs.
Future Mentoring – It is our goal and desire to have students, who have been protégés, volunteer in the future as student mentors, and for graduating student mentors to volunteer as career professionals. We also invite Career Professionals to renew their commitment for the following year’s program, and introduce other professionals to get involved.