Find Mentoring Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve as a mentor or to be mentored? Read below to learn about formal mentoring programs at Wake Forest, how to find your own mentor, and information on our Mentoring Certificate Program.

Art of Ministry
Art of Ministry is a required three-year course sequence that facilitates students’ beginning formation in the life and work of ministry. The primary “text” of Art of Ministry coursework is experience: the life experiences students bring with them to theological education; the experiences in ministry internship placements that invite theological reflection on the practice of ministry; and the experience of God’s presence and work in the communities of faith that minister to and with our students. The Art of Ministry program attends to three related sources of ministry wisdom: ministerial identity, ministry practice, and theological reflection.
Program Coordinator: John Senior, Director (336.758.5523)

CHARGE
Now in its 28th year, CHARGE is Wake Forest’s flagship program for student leadership development. Seventy selected freshmen and sophomore students together with twenty upper-class mentors are able to share this ten-week leadership development experience each spring semester. The program format includes a  kick-off, retreat, weekly leadership labs, small group projects, mentoring and a banquet. Over the years many of the CHARGE student group proposals have been the catalyst for positive and concrete change at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinator: Campus Life (336.758.5943)

CNS 320. Strategic Job Search
In this half-credit course, young alumni mentors help students explore questions including: What is the unique set of skills, experience and professional style that each Wake Forest student offers an employer?  How can a WFU student best convey this crucial information to a prospective employer? What are the strategies a WFU student should use to access job openings and information?  In CNS 320, students learn and create professional documents that help them communicate to employers: resumes, cover letters and an online image. Students also develop and practice the personal skills to effectively communicate and sell themselves in person: interviewing, networking and understanding the motivation behind interview questions.  Students will learn time-tested skills and techniques that will help them be employable throughout their lives.
Program Coordinator: Heidi Robinson, Instructor (336.758.5812)

First Year in Focus (for men)
First Year in Focus connects a first-year male student with an upper-class male mentor for the first year of college. This one-to-one relationship opens doors for new friendships, helps first-year men successfully navigate the ins and outs of college life, and supports first-year men as they seek out a personally fulfilling experience at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinators: Mike Ford, Associate Director, Pro Humanitate Institute (336.758.5565); and Matt Clifford, Campus Life

First Year in Focus (for women)
First Year in Focus connects a first-year female student with an upper-class female mentor for the first year of college. This one-to-one relationship opens doors for new friendships, helps first-year women successfully navigate the ins and outs of college life, and supports first-year women as they seek out a personally fulfilling experience at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinator: Shannon Ashford, Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Latino Male Initiative
The Latino Male Initiative, founded in 2015, is a nine-week discussion group for students that identify as Latino men and welcomes all intersecting identities. LMI was created to take a group of men on a philosophical journey, examining one of the central questions to their existence – what does it mean to be a Latino at Wake Forest, in the U.S., and the world? Through weekly discussions with peers and Latino faculty and professional staff, readings, and constant reflection, this group will explore the ideas of manhood and masculinity, particularly as they relate to the Latino community.
Program Coordinator: Intercultural Center, (336) 758-5864

M4 Initiative: Making Manhood Mean More
The M4 Initiative: Making Manhood Mean More, founded in 2010, is a nine-week discussion group open to students who identify as Black men and welcomes all intersecting identities.  The program is designed to take a group of men on a philosophical journey, examining one of the central questions to their existence – what does it mean to be a Black man at Wake Forest, in the U.S., and the world?  Through weekly discussions with peers and Black faculty and professional staff, readings, and constant reflection, this group will explore the ideas of manhood and masculinity, particularly as they relate to the Black community.
Program Coordinator: Intercultural Center, (336) 758-5864

Magnolia Scholars
Upperclass Magnolia Scholars serve as Magnolia mentors to first year first-generation students and also assist in the important aspects of transition to Wake Forest expectations and opportunities. The Magnolia mentors assist students in transitioning to Wake Forest in general, but their specific focus is on the academic environment.  Students engage their mentors in intimate settings where they are assisted in time management, understanding how to study, how to navigate the library and general concerns of student life. The Magnolia scholars also participate in “brown bag” lunches beginning with “What I wish I knew when I started at Wake Forest University.”
Program Coordinator: Nate French, Director (336-758-3107)

Men’s Soccer Mentorship Network
Led by a group of alums of the WFU soccer program, the Men’s Soccer Mentorship Network is a resource available to current players who are seeking advice and guidance on transitioning out of Wake Forest and into the “real world.” Several times during the season these alumni come to campus to talk to players about leadership, responsibility, and teambuilding; additionally, they have created online networks available to players who want to reach out for further conversation about personal goals and taking steps towards achieving those goals.
Program Coordinator: Eder Quintanilla, Director of Player Development, Wake Forest Men’s Soccer Team

ODK
Senior ODK members serve as mentors to sophomore students in this year-long peer mentoring program. Mentor pairs discuss interests, goals, academic and career direction in twice monthly meetings.
Program Coordinator: , ODK President

Pro Humanitate Institute Fellows Program
This program includes a highly selective cohort of student researchers pursuing independent community-based learning initiatives under the direction of faculty mentors, while also planning campus programs under a collective theme each year. Each PHI Fellow will work with a faculty adviser and and a PHI staff adviser to identify a community need, possibly partnering with a community-based organization, to develop an engaged scholarship project that culminates in a policy memo or other tangible product that directly assists a community organization or addresses the identified need. Student projects will address one of the PHI focus areas, which include Philanthropy, Global Service, Public Policy, Social Justice, Non-profit Capacity Building, and Advocacy.
Program Coordinator: Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research, Pro Humanitate Institute (336.758.3705)

Pre-Ministerial Summer Internship Program
The Pre-Ministerial Summer Internship Program, coordinated through the Office of the Chaplain, is designed to give Wake Forest undergraduates who are discerning a call to Christian ministry an opportunity to practice ministry in one of the many ministerial settings in the Winston-Salem area. Participants receive weekly theological and vocational reflection with ministry and community leaders, Wake Forest University chaplains, and other interns, on-site mentoring with their site supervisors, and conduct a pilgrimage to Washington DC to explore ministries and seminaries. One day a week is reserved for mentoring and reflection with WFU chaplains and the other interns.
Program Coordinator:
Chaplain’s Office

Proteges Mentoring Program
The Protégés Mentoring Program (PMP), founded in 2002, is a peer mentoring program that serves as a resource to students of color by assisting their social transition into the Wake Forest University community. PMP helps students by providing a continuing orientation to the University and community life, as well as inspiring students through a variety of support mechanisms. PMP provides incoming students with a peer mentor who not only has a genuine concern for the new student, but is also trained to assist them in their transition. New students will have this guide to help them learn the ins and outs of Wake Forest, as well as get them actively involved in new and exciting opportunities around campus.
Program Coordinator:
Celina Alexander, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center

SPARC
SPARC stands for Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community. During this pre-orientation week, students get to know their new community through service, learning about the issues our community faces, and meeting community partners that work regularly with Wake Forest students. If you have been dedicated to service or have a passion for service that you hope to explore in college, this program is for you! The program is organized by Service & Social Action (part of the Office of Campus Life). In addition to staff support, three seniors who have served as both SPARCies and SPARC leaders are chosen to Coordinate. In addition to the coordinators there are 18 upper class service leaders who serve as mentors. We accept 72 participants so that means that students are placed in a group of 4 with a mentor for the week. The mentor leads their group in service activities and is there to answer any questions about Wake, particularly about getting involved on campus.
Program Coordinator: Shelley Sizemore, Assistant Director, Pro Humanitate Institute (336.758.3705)

Student Advisors
Each year, incoming students are assigned both a faculty advisor and a student advisor. These upperclass peer advisors meet with students both in small groups and individually, starting on move-in day and continuing throughout the first year of college. Student advisors provide guidance on choosing classes, building a social network, and finding and connecting with resources both on and off campus. Student advisors work closely with faculty advisors and the Office of Academic Advising to develop academic plans that follow the values, goals, and career aspirations of the students.
Program Coordinator: Shane Weimer and Melissa Cumbia, Office of Academic Advising

Student-Athlete Mentoring
The vision for Student-Athlete Development is to connect student-athletes with the appropriate mentors or mentoring programs, whether that is through existing athletic mentoring programs, or mentoring resources outside of our department. Student-Athletes are encouraged to stop by the Student-Athlete Development office and learn about the variety of formal and informal mentoring programs. Click here for more information about the mentoring opportunities available.
Program Coordinator: Ashley Wechter, Student-Athlete Development (336.758.4609)

Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program
The Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program (SNIP) is a summer immersion program that brings together undergraduates at Wake Forest University with community partners to enhance both the learning of the student and the capacity of the nonprofit partner. The student participants selected are seeking scholarly, professional, and personal development through intensive work in the nonprofit sector.  Ideal community partners are able to provide committed mentoring and supervision to the student and a work plan that enriches the capacity of their organization while connecting to the student’s academic and/or professional interests.
Program Coordinator: Shelley Sizemore, Director of Academic Programs and Community Engaged Research, Pro Humanitate Institute (336.758.3705)

URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Center
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center is about “promoting and celebrating” mentored scholarship. Undergraduate research has been a longtime cornerstone of the College’s commitment to academic excellence. URECA’s goal is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in mentored or independent scholarship. For photos and updates, check the URECA Facebook page.
Program Coordinator: Contact Tammy Burke Griffin in the Office of the Dean of the College for more information.

Wake Forest Fellows, Office of the President
The Wake Forest Fellows program provides outstanding recent graduates with the opportunity to work in higher education administration in a year-long post-graduate internship. Fellows interact with key administrators and faculty, learn about various administrative areas of the University, and participate in a series of leadership lunches and enrichment activities with leaders in the Wake Forest and greater Winston-Salem community.
Program Coordinator: Marybeth Wallace, Special Assistant to the President (336.758.4684)

WE3: Women Encouraging Empowerment through Exploration
A collaborative, 9-week leadership development experience designed to affirm students’ innate worth as women, validate students’ value as members of the Wake Forest University community, and propel students toward becoming successful, well-informed and well-adjusted members of society.  WE3 aspires to bring together a group of Latina and African American females to have thought-provoking conversations, while learning from one another and Wake staff and faculty facilitators.
Program Coordinator: Celina Alexander, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center

WorldWide Wake
WWW is a 4-day pre-orientation camp designed to expand cultural horizons and help students become more effective global citizens. Join other globally-minded domestic and international students as you learn about the diverse tapestry of students on campus. Upperclassmen provide an in-depth understanding of the academic and social scene at WFU by providing personal insight and experiences. This program includes a variety of team-building activities geared towards creating a vibrant and accepting global campus culture.
Program Coordinator: Sandra McMullen, International Student Advisor for the Center for Global Programs and Studies (336.758.4889)

Not sure if one of the formal mentoring programs at Wake Forest is the right fit for you, but still want to find a mentor? Take the initiative to seek out a mentor (or mentors) who align with what you’re looking for.

Consider identifying a faculty or staff member, alumnus, internship supervisor, or older peer who may be a good fit to serve in a more formal mentoring role with you. Think about: Who is that person you naturally go to for advice when you need to make a decision? Who is someone you look up to as a role model? Who is the person you admire or aspire to become? These are great potential mentors, and they may already be serving in that role, without either of you realizing it.

Some questions to ask yourself, before you ask someone to be your mentor: Why do you want them to be your mentor? What are you willing to do, as part of the mentoring relationship? What are your expectations for the mentoring relationship? Be as specific as possible. Only after you have specific answers to these questions should you approach them and ask if they are willing to engage in a formal mentoring relationship with you.

Looking for more information? Check out this guide on Tips for How to Find a Mentor.

The Mentoring Resource Center, in partnership with the Wake Forest Professional Development Center (PDC), is offering a Mentoring Certificate Program featuring courses on effective mentoring and coaching practices. We are offering our two courses for the Introductory Mentoring Certificate. While you can register for just one course, you must register for and complete both courses to receive the certificate. Check back on this page or the PDC website for upcoming classes!

The following Wake Forest faculty and staff members have completed the Introductory Mentoring Certificate:Allison McWilliams awards certificate to Megan Bosworth

  • Megan Bosworth (Office of Personal & Career Development, Alumni Engagement)
  • Lauren Formica (Global Campus Programs)
  • Dr. Ted Geller-Goad (Classical Languages)
  • Vicki Keslar (Office of Personal & Career Development)
  • Dr. Jaira J. Harrington (Anna Julia Cooper Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Politics and International Affairs)
  • Sonya Izzard (Financial and Accounting Services)
  • Dwight Lewis (Student-Athlete Services)
  • Kayla Lisenby (LGBTQ Center)
  • Mary Beth Lock (ZSR Library)
  • Colleen Lofton (Women’s Center)
  • Jessica Long (Office of Personal & Career Development)
  • Dr. Anthony Marsh (Dean’s Office)
  • Dr. Paige Meltzer (Women’s Center)
  • Rev. K. Monet Rice (Chaplain’s Office)
  • Beth Montplaisir (Safe Office)
  • Kimberly Snipes (Global Academic Development)
  • Anthony Tang (Alumni Engagement)
  • Ashley Wechter (Student-Athlete Services)
  • Kristin Weisse (Student-Athlete Services)
  • Tim Wilkinson (Student Engagement)