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Become a Mentor

A BIPOC mentor and mentee examining a rack of test tubes


The BIPOC Graduate Student Mentoring Academy is building its network of BIPOC Mentors within and outside of Academia. We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds, including university staff, faculty and alumni, government and private sector employees, community leaders, and elders. Mentors play a vital role in preparing graduate students for growth, within and outside of academia. Being a mentor allows you to share your knowledge, enhance networking, and engage in self-reflection.


To be eligible to be a Mentor, you must:

  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or a Person of Colour (BIPOC).
  • Be an experienced full or part-time working or retired professional or Elder.
  • Mentoring experience is preferred but not mandatory.

As a Mentor, your Roles and Responsibilities include:

  • Identify and share resources for Mentee’s academic and professional success.
  • Encourage ongoing reflection on program participation.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations and contribute actively.
  • Advocate for the Mentee's needs and interests.
  • Foster a safe and confidential environment.
  • Be respectful, approachable, and non-judgmental.
  • Offer encouragement and constructive feedback.
  • Provide guidance on Mentee’s professional development goals.
  • Assist in developing/improving Mentee’s skills in specific areas.
  • Help navigate university life.
  • Expand Mentee's network through connections in the field.
  • Support Mentee by arranging an alternative solution when unable to fulfill certain aspects of Mentoring relationship.
  • Acknowledge the potential to learn from the Mentee.

To be a Mentor, complete the Mentor application form here. You will be added to our list and contacted once you are matched with a mentee.

Applications for the 2024-25 program will be open from May 1, 2024, until September 30, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact