Mentor Students

Mentorship matters: Bridging opportunity gaps

What you can achieve depends on the opportunities you have access to. That’s why mentorship matters – especially for first-generation students and students of color who are forging new educational and professional pathways in and with their families and communities.  

Strengths-based and identity-conscious mentorship recognizes and builds from the fullness of student’s life experiences, educational goals, and professional aspirations. By sharing their own career stories, opening up their networks, and providing guidance and support, IAS alumni, friends, and mentors help students and recent grads thrive.

Below are some ways that you can become a mentor!  

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Mentor Chats

Graphic reading ask an alumMentor Chats are designed to assist students with career exploration, networking, and learning about a range of professional trajectories. Through hosted conversations, Mentor Chats provide opportunities for students to connect with IAS alumni working across diverse roles and sectors. You can support students by sharing your career journey and building mentoring relationships with them. Contact us to join a chat!

Learn about past alumni mentors and their career pathways.

Upcoming Chats

Alumni Mentor Chat: Multi-media arts and environmental science

Tues, Oct 20, 5:45-6:30 pm | Zoom
Hosted in Dr. Jennifer Atkinson’s BIS 499 course 

Chat with IAS alumni Martin Corpus and Candice Plendl about their careers in multi-media arts and environmental science!  

Alumni Mentor Chat: Law, technology, and public service

Wed, Oct 28, 4:00-5:00 pm | Zoom

Chat with IAS alumni Stephanie Chavez, Daniel Lee, and Salvador Salazar-Cano about how they’ve leveraged their interdisciplinary backgrounds to build meaningful careers in law, technology, and public service. 

Career Treks

Group of professionals chattingCareer treks offer small groups of students and recent graduates an on-site, interactive opportunity to explore career options and pathways.  A panel of professionals share the joys and challenges of navigating their own career paths, and help students and alumni articulate the value of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in the working world. Treks allow students to make connections that will make a difference in their future careers and lives.

This year, the IAS Advisory Board is hosting a series of virtual career treks, with a focus on career exploration, networking, and mentoring. Drawing on their own backgrounds and experiences, speakers will engage students in discussion of topics such as making career choices attuned to one’s strengths, navigating relations of power and difference in job searches and workplaces, and building social connections and networking. 

Upcoming Treks

IAS Career Trek

Fri, Nov 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Zoom

You are invited into the inner circle of six advanced professionals, who have held their values while building successful careers across diverse fields, from education, to technology, law, business, poetry and the arts. Hear their “aha” moments, their “aw sh*t” moments, and their advice about how to recognize your unique attributes and leverage them to achieve the career you want. Our panel includes:

This event is hosted by the IAS Advisory Board and moderated by board chair Leslie Olson, Managing Partner at Olson & Olson, PLLC.  Learn more about our speakers through this story on last year’s Career Trek.   

Bothell Husky Landing

Graphic of Bothell Husky LandingBothell Husky Landing is an engagement platform that gives UW Bothell alumni like you the opportunity to become mentors to students or fellow alumni, seek out mentoring for yourself, search for alumni in your fields of interest, stream exclusive content featuring alumni and faculty, and much more! Activate your account.

Professional experience

Graphic with word internship and lightbulb imageStudents are seeking professional opportunities to complement their learning and gain experience. Are you aware of internships, jobs, or volunteer positions within your organization or network? Visit UW Bothell Career Services to connect with students!