Why Become a Mentor?

Mentoring provides a wide range of benefits in exchange for the time and effort spent. Becoming a mentor can open new doors in your own career and help guide the next generation of professionals into theirs. 

Benefits to mentors include: 

  • Supporting the future success of individuals
  • Improving your supervisory skills
  • Reflecting deeply on your own work process
  • Building your network
  • Learning from your mentees
  • Developing your skillset for working across difference 
  • Broadening the current culture of mentoring in your department or field of interest
  • Supporting the University of Iowa’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Learn more about being a mentor through the links below, as well as the other resources on this site. 

Resources and Toolkits

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Who are Iowa Mentors?

Iowa mentors facilitate the personal, academic, and career development of other individuals. Mentors play a critical role in the success and growth of students, faculty, staff, and others in the campus community.

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Culture of Mentoring

A culture of mentoring sees mentoring not only as a requirement box to tick, but as an effective practice that anybody can benefit from. 

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Expectations of Iowa Mentors

Each mentoring relationship is as unique as the individuals involved, so mentor and mentee expectations should be developed collaboratively to fit the needs of the relationship.