The role of the mentor and the practice of mentoring are so named after Mentor, of greek mythology in charge of training Telemachus, son of Odysseus. While the name is borrowed from this mythological tutor-student relationship, the present concept of mentoring bears only partial resemblance to the historical model. The specific practices of mentoring and the expectations of a mentor and mentee vary. They depend on setting, objective, members of mentoring relationships, cultural norms and many other factors
The Mentoring Institute will assist in stimulating and promoting a mentoring culture within the community. By encouraging the matriculation and graduation of students as well as the retention of faculty and staff at the University of New Mexico, the Institute will also contribute to the development and economic growth of New Mexico
The Mentoring Institute was established to instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at the University of New Mexico
The Institute provides certification, training and evaluation services for various faculty, staff and student mentoring programs. We are able to supply our partners with quality mentoring consulting and training services by implementing programs tailored to the specific needs of individual clients as well as integrating reseach on effective mentoring practices into the training provided.
The Mentoring Institute serves mentors, mentees and mentoring program managers not only to UNM mentoring organizations, as well as entire communities of in New Mexico.
The Mentoring Institute by no means stands alone in fulfilling its vision and mission. The Institute is a component of the UNM Division of Student Affairs . It is also advised by a Mentoring Council made up of UNM staff and faculty and representatives of community organizations with strong mentoring programs.
The Mentoring Institute advocates and embraces the principles and values of the University of New Mexico, which include:
- Academic Freedom
- Creativity and Initiative
- Integrity and Professionalism
- Access and Student Services