EDUCAUSE Community Groups Peer Mentoring Program


What is the EDUCAUSE Community Groups Peer Mentoring Program?

The EDUCAUSE Community Groups Peer Mentoring Program is for peers—people who participate in the same community group—with different experiences who would like to learn from each to enhance their professional growth and/or skill development. Differences can be related to career longevity, knowledge of service(s), experience with different institutions, different backgrounds, and more.

Peer mentoring is a give-and-take kind of relationship, more like a partnership than traditional mentoring. Peers can partner with someone who is at the same level professionally or with someone who is at a more junior or senior level, and the role of the "mentor" or "mentee" may flip throughout the relationship, depending upon the topic at hand.

The 2019–2020 program is offered to participants in the following community groups:

  1. IT Communications (ITCOMM)
  2. IT Procurement and Supplier Management (ITPSM)
  3. IT Service Management (ITSM)
  4. Itana (Enterprise, Business, and Technical Architects)
  5. Women in IT (WIT)
  6. Young Professionals

This program is part of the overall EDUCAUSE mentoring efforts and is led by the CG Leaders Peer Mentoring Committee. Visit EDUCAUSE Mentoring for more information about mentoring, including access to useful support tools.

Why Should I Participate?

Mentoring has consistently proven through research to have substantial benefits for both participants. Benefits of participating in a mentorship program include:

  • Active participation in your own professional and personal growth
  • Active participation in another person's growth and success
  • An expanded professional and personal support network
  • Enhanced self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem
  • Increased career satisfaction and interpersonal skills
  • Expanded perspective, knowledge, and skillset
  • Better leadership and collaboration skills

In addition, participants will receive an EDUCAUSE Microcredential to showcase your initiative.

How Can I Apply?

The application period for the 2019–2020 program is now closed.

As part of the application process, we asked about your professional skills, desired goals/focus, and personal interests. These questions help the CG Leaders Peer Mentoring Committee in assessing which applicants to pair together.

Participants will be paired with a peer from the same community group. As is the case with any relationship, occasionally a pairing may not work out or may hit rough patches…and that's okay. The subgroup is here to assist if you and your partner are struggling to relate.

Participant Expectations

All program participants are expected to:

  • Ensure your supervisor is aware of your interest and possible time commitment.
  • Participate in the kick-off orientation webinar and other mentorship program activities.
  • Work with your peer mentor to outline the goals of your meetings.
  • Establish regular and frequent communications with your mentorship partner. (In 2018, most participants met with their partners biweekly and also interacted via email.)
  • Maintain honest, professional communication with your mentorship partner.
  • Keep the content of your discussions (personal and professional) confidential.
  • Foster self-reflection and growth through challenging but supportive discussion.
  • Listen to comprehend, not just to respond when your mentorship partner is speaking.
  • Be open to being uncomfortable and taking risks during the mentorship program.
  • Engage your mentorship program subgroup sponsor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Provide feedback to the CG Leaders Peer Mentoring Subgroup about your experience.

The CG Leaders Peer Mentoring Committee

Committee members serve as liaisons to peer mentor pairs from their communities. The 2019–2020 committee members are:

  • Teri Abbo, IT Procurement and Supplier Management CG
    Director IT Services Alliance, Oakland University
  • Marcia Dority Baker, Women in IT CG
    Assistant Director, Academic Technologies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Jonathan B. Hardy, Young Professionals CG
    IT Director, University of Georgia
  • Antonia Martinez, IT Communications CG
    Communications, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Rockefeller University
  • Precious McKoy, Women in IT CG
    Web Developer, Guilford College
  • Mitchell Pautz, IT Service Management (ITSM) CG
    IT Service Management Analyst, University of Southern California
  • Beth Rugg, IT Service Management (ITSM) CG
    Assistant Vice Chancellor, Client Engagement, UNC Charlotte
  • Beth Schaefer, Itana (Enterprise Architects) CG
    Chief Operating Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Shana Campbell, Manager, Professional Learning, EDUCAUSE (ex officio)

What Should I Expect? (Program Timeline)

  • August–September 2019: Initiative Kick-off
    • September 25: Application deadline
  • October 2019: Getting Started
    Make sure you have had at least one interaction with your mentoring partner this month!
    • October 14–17: EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
      Will you be at this year's conference? This is a great opportunity to plan an informal in-person meeting with your peer partner, CG liaison, or EDUCAUSE staff.
    • Thursday, October 24, 1 p.m. ET: 2019–2020 Program Kick-Off Webinar
      In this webinar, program participants be able to ask questions and learn more about:
      • Mentor pair responsibilities
      • Goal setting
      • 2019–2020 timeline
  • November 2019: Planning for Your Mentoring Relationship
    • Identify what challenge you would like to focus on in this relationship
    • Establish a regular communication schedule with your partner
    • Establish and communicate your mentoring goals
  • December 2019: Pursuing Your Mentoring Goals
    • Participant Check-in with CG Leaders Peer Mentoring Committee Liaison
      • Reach out to your liaison to let them know what is going well and where you may need help
  • January–February 2020: Making Progress
    • February 13, 1 p.m. ET: Virtual Mentoring Social
  • March–April 2020: Keeping the Momentum / Striving Towards Results
    • April 30: Evaluation Survey Due
  • May 2020: Keys to Continued Success
    • May 7, 1 p.m. ET: Closing Webinar
      Our final 2019–2020 cohort webinar will be an opportunity to look ahead and discuss extending your mentoring relationship beyond the program, continuous goal development and progress, and testimony from last year's pilot and this year's program.
    • May: Participant Badges Awarded
  • June 2020: Committee Initiative Evaluation and Recommendations