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Basics

How is the ALL Mentorship Program different from the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program (NNMP)?

The ALL Mentorship Program seeks to create a more identity-driven mentoring experience than the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program. Whereas the NNMP’s main focus is industry/professional interests, we encourage ALL Mentorship Program participants to explore broader topics related to life experiences, in addition to career-related subjects.

Who can participate in the ALL Mentorship Program?

Degree-seeking undergraduate Northwestern students and alumni with degrees from any school are eligible to participate. For 2021, the ALL Mentorship Program is open to alumni and students who identify as Asian and Asian American, Black, and/or LGBTQ+. Faculty, staff, parents, graduate and professional students, certificate students, and friends of the University are not currently eligible to participate.

I don't live in Chicago/Evanston. Can I still participate?

Absolutely. This is a global program. Leaders and learners can connect via phone, email, or video chat at this time. In keeping with the NAA’s COVID-19 guidance, NAA programming, including the ALL Mentorship Program, will continue to operate under the virtual events model for the foreseeable future. This includes events and activities hosted by NAA clubs and groups.

If I am already enrolled in the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, will my profile automatically populate when I enroll in the ALL Mentorship Program?

Yes, if you log in using your existing account, your basic alumni and student profile information will auto-populate. Note that additional information specific to the ALL Mentorship Program will need to be completed.

Which affinity groups are participating in the ALL Mentorship Program at this time?

This pilot program includes the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni Association (NU-A5), and Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club (NUPAC).

Why is the ALL Mentorship Program only available for three affinity groups?

We recognize that there are several other groups within the Northwestern community that have an interest and would benefit from this type of identity-based mentoring program. The initial ALL groups were selected based on club bandwidth to support the launch of this program, which included ideation, research, planning, and executing this new program alongside the NAA. Learnings from the 2021 program will benefit the remaining groups as this mentoring program is optimized and expanded in the future. 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.

What are my alumni mentorship options if I don’t identify with one of the three initial ALL groups?

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program (NNMP) mentor search process accommodates identity-based filters so you can still find a more tailored mentor match that fits you within the general NNMP program.

Other affinity clubs will continue to facilitate identity-based student-alumni/alumni-alumni connections via events and programming. The full list of our affinity clubs and their contact information can be found here.

Can alumni be learners in this program or just mentor leaders?

At this time, the ALL program pilot is matching mentor leaders with undergraduate students only.

Can doctoral or professional school students sign up to be learners, as well?

At this time, the ALL Mentorship Program is matching mentor leaders with undergraduate students only. In the future, as we expand the program we will be able to support graduate and PhD student learners and alumni-to-alumni programming.

I forgot my username and/or password. What should I do?

If you forgot your username, email affinitymentorship@northwestern.edu and we will send you your username (i.e. the email you used when creating your account).

If you forgot your password, click the link that says "Forgot your password?" on the login page and type in the email address you used to create your account. You will then receive an email allowing you to reset your password.

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Matching & Mentorship

How are leaders and learners matched?

After registration has closed, we will use a matching algorithm to match participants with one another. The matching will use the information shared in participants' profiles. Matches will be based on identity, discussion topic interest, career interests, preferred frequency and method of meeting, and education information. All participants will be matched with someone who identifies with the same affinity group(s) as they do.

What is the time commitment involved for being a leader or learner?

We purposefully have designed this program to be flexible for alumni leaders and student learners. You and your leader/learner have complete control over your mentorship relationship and can decide how often you want to meet at the onset of your mentoring relationship. Once matched, we ask that you discuss how much time you can commit to the relationship. Based on user profiles, we also have tried to match participants with similar meeting frequency preferences.

Can I meet in-person with my leader or learner?

In keeping with the NAA’s COVID-19 guidance, NAA programming, including the ALL Mentorship Program, will continue to operate under the virtual events model for the foreseeable future. This includes events and activities hosted by NAA clubs and groups.

How else can I connect with fellow alumni and students through this program?

The affinity clubs will also maintain community spaces on the program website, which will serve as a discussion board where participants can stay abreast of club happenings and volunteer for club-related opportunities. In addition, all participants are welcome to contact the club liaisons or NAA staff if they are interested in hosting/supporting club programming for the ALL Mentorship Program by emailing affinitymentorship@northwestern.edu.

What if there is a problem with my leader/learner relationship?

If you have questions or experience any issues with your mentor leader or mentee learner, please reach out to the ALL Mentorship Program manager at affinitymentorship@northwestern.edu. The program manager can offer solutions to improve the relationship or, if necessary, formally terminate the relationship.