Honors Peer Mentoring Program

Mission Statement

The Honors Peer Mentoring Program serves to create a network of support within the Honors community by facilitating mentoring relationships on a quarterly basis. Our program aims to highlight the student perspective by encouraging mentees to be proactive during their time in the Honors Program and mentors to demonstrate leadership through sharing their academic and personal experiences. Rather than take the place of Honors advising resources, we hope that our program will be an additional resource for students as they navigate their Husky experience.

Program Expectations

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Take initiative. Maintain the momentum of your mentoring relationship by suggesting topics to discuss, communicating regularly, and following through on commitments.
  • Show up prepared. Whether it is making an agenda or a list of questions to ask, always have a plan to make sure that any formal meetings with your mentor are productive.
  • Respect your mentor’s time. Although it may be tempting to ask questions as they arise, consider how you can make the best use of your mentor’s time.
  • Have realistic expectations. Recognize that mentors are not experts and are simply speaking on their own experiences. For questions on topics such as academic progress, please refer to your general and Honors advisers.

Mentor Responsibilities*

*You must have spent a minimum of 3 quarters in the Honors Program to qualify for this role.

  • Be willing to offer guidance based on your experiences as a UW Honors student. Examples include but are not limited to academics, Honors requirements, and campus involvement.
  • Support your mentee’s needs. Find out what your mentee is passionate about and share relevant opportunities and resources to help them meet their goals.
  • Recognize your limitations. If you are not sure how to provide guidance on something, be upfront about it and suggest another resource they can turn to.
  • Remember that mentees are their own person. Encourage your mentee to figure out their own path rather than following in your footsteps.

Application and Participation Timeline

  • Complete the application. Mentee and mentor applications open on the first day of the quarter and close exactly two weeks later.
  • Meet your match. Upon reviewing the applications, our committee will match you with a mentee/mentor, who you will meet at the Opening Ceremony. If you are not able to attend, you will not be able to participate in the program but are welcome to apply again the following quarter.
  • Attend the mandatory Opening Ceremony at the beginning of the quarter. You will participate in fun activities that will help you learn more about our program expectations, get to know your mentee/mentor, and set boundaries for your mentoring relationship.
  • Engage with your mentee/mentor throughout the quarter. This is where you have the most flexibility but we encourage you to set aside time for your mentoring relationship by communicating regularly and committing to any scheduled meetings.
  • Let us know how your mentoring relationship is going. All mentees and mentors are required to fill out a brief check-in survey in the middle and end of the quarter, which will help us evaluate the effectiveness of our program and make improvements.

Apply to be a Mentee or Mentor

The Fall 2021 applications open on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 and close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Fall 2021 Mentee Application
Fall 2021 Mentor Application

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this program different from other aspects of the Honors community such as Honors Community Ambassadors and Honors Peer Educators?

Although those are great opportunities to get involved in the Honors community, the Honors Peer Mentoring Program is unique in that it is an entirely student-led program that provides the structure needed to offer a one-on-one mentorship experience beyond HONORS 100.

What can I discuss with my mentee/mentor?

There are a variety of things you can talk about depending on what you want to get out of your mentoring relationship. To help you get started, we have provided a list of topics below.

  • Athletics
  • Campus jobs
  • Clubs/RSOs
  • Honors requirements (coursework, Experiential Learning, portfolio, Departmental Honors projects, etc.)
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Scholarships
  • Study abroad
  • Volunteering/service

If I am a mentee, can I stay with the same mentor next quarter?

Absolutely! You can request this in our check-in survey that you will receive towards the end of the quarter.

I still need more information. Who can I contact?

Please contact our committee members at uwhonorsmentoring@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.