A Call for MAP Mentors

By Allysa Piché, MAP Program Assistant, OME

If you are reading this article, I would bet you had a mentor at some point. The importance of that individual or those individuals in your life is assuredly invaluable. However, I wonder if you have reached out to mentor someone else?

OME LogoThe Mentor Advocate Partnership program (MAP) in the Office of Minority Education (OME) is a volunteer mentoring program for first and second-year MIT undergraduates designed to foster their holistic development along both academic and non-academic dimensions. Mentors are MIT staff and faculty interested in getting to know an undergraduate.By the way, did I mention we need mentors!

What would I do as a MAP mentor?
As a MAP mentor, you will be matched with a student, known as a “protégé”, for two years. Each pair (mentor and protégé) attends two to three MAP events and meets informally with each other at least two to three times per semester (approximately 10 hours per semester). Together, you will create goals for the mentoring relationship, clarifying details such as the best way to get in touch with each other and the best times to meet. Keep in mind that your most valuable resource to a student is your time.

What type of support would I have as a MAP mentor?Map mentor with protoge
We have training for mentors and protégés as well as support staff to lean on when you have questions. During this past 2009-2010 academic year, Institute Ombudsperson, Toni Robinson, explained what to expect and good ways to start out in a mentoring relationship. During January’s National Mentoring Month, MAP held a joint session in which the participants discussed different models of mentoring with Dr. Mary Rowe, Institute Ombudsperson and Adjunct Professor. We also held a role-playing session where mentors worked in teams to think up solutions to tricky mentoring situations.

All formality and not enough good old-fashioned fun? No way!
MAP encourages a spirit of community by holding events on and off-campus where participants can interact and be a part of a close-knit group. For example, we hold an annual event at the MIT Museum as well as just-for-fun events like our Ice Cream Competition where MAPpers are encouraged to deliberate the finer points of local ice cream (J. P. Lick’s anyone?).

If interested, please email me at adpiche@mit.edu with any questions or go ahead and fill out a mentor application online.