The Affinity Leaders and Learners (ALL) Mentorship Program is the newest addition to the Northwestern Network. The ALL Program is an identity-based mentorship program that connects undergraduate students to alumni leaders. A complement to the broader Northwestern Network Mentorship Program (NNMP), the ALL Program strives to create a more tailored experience for students seeking identity-based mentorship. We understand that students from underrepresented groups might seek a more personal, impactful relationship, preferably with someone who looks like them or who has similar career or life experiences. We hope this program provides that opportunity.
The matches created by this program will formally last seven months, from October to May. We hope that this program will facilitate meaningful and insightful one-on-one relationships, as well as opportunities to learn and share together as a community with programming like Mentor Circles, panel discussions, networking mixers, and more.
The Northwestern Network piloted the first run of the program with our Black, Asian and Asian American, and LGBTQ+ students and alumni. The ALL Program was created in partnership with the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni (NU-A5), and Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club (NUPAC). In 2021, we will partner with the Latinx Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU) club to expand the program to our Latinx students and alumni. We hope to continue to extend the program to include more underrepresented groups in the future.
We recognize that there are several other groups within the Northwestern community that have a similar need and would benefit from a program like this one. The decision to launch with these groups was made based upon which affinity clubs had the most bandwidth to support NAA staff in brainstorming, researching, trying out different approaches, and executing this new program. We'll continue to take what we learn each year and make sure that the remaining groups launch with the best program possible. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, please take a moment to fill out this form so we can track your interest. In the meantime, the affinity clubs will continue to facilitate identity-based student-alumni/alumni-alumni connections. The full list of our affinity clubs and their contact information can be found here. Please note that NNMP also accommodates identity-based filters, so you can find a more formal mentoring relationship that fits you.