About Us

The Mentoring Institute develops, coordinates, and integrates evidence-based, effective practices of mentoring into research, consulting, and training activities at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Through the application of instructional design standards, the Institute provides training and certification services for a diverse array of staff, faculty and students, in a centralized effort to recruit, train and develop qualified mentors for the University, the City of Albuquerque, and the greater New Mexico community.

The Mentoring Institute does not replace or direct existing mentoring programs. Rather, it provides a variety of services to these programs. The Mentoring Institute aims to build up current mentoring programs and enhance the culture of mentoring within the University, and the state it serves.  The Mentoring Institute assists 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 also contributes 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. Our mission is to further the reach and impact that mentoring has on the world on a local, state, national and international level.


Our vision is to continually expand and encourage the widespread application of mentoring programs and mentoring relationships within the entire New Mexico community, and contribute to the national and international promotion of mentoring by providing research, services, events and many other mentoring resources.


The Mentoring Institute advocates and embraces the principles and values of the University of New Mexico, which include:

  • Academic Freedom
  • Diversity
  • Creativity and Initiative
  • Excellence
  • Integrity and Professionalism
  • Access and Student Services



The Mentoring Institute does not stand alone in fulfilling its vision and mission. The Institute is a component of the UNM Division of Student Affairs and is advised by a Mentoring Council comprised of UNM staff and faculty and representatives from community organizations with well-established mentoring programs.

Mentoring Origins

The origins of mentoring can be traced back to ancient Greek mythology with the story of Telemachus and Mentor. In this myth, Athena, disguised as the elderly man Mentor, takes charge of training and imparting wisdom to Telemachus, son of Odysseus, for the many years his father is away on his journey. While the English word was borrowed from this mythological tutor-student relationship, the present concept of mentoring has transformed and evolved tremendously over time. Mentoring now constitutes a diverse and varied spectrum of personal, professional, and academic relationships across all fields and cultures. Though the practice of mentoring now only slights resembles its historical roots, looking back on its history helps us see how much mentor support has transformed.