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RCN Program Activities

2021-22 Rutgers Connection Network (RCN) Mentoring Program

Our Program Schedule

Mentoring Meetings
November 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022: 1-hour Meetings with Partner(s)
Pairs meet virtually, once monthly, when convenient for them

Due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 and related safety measures, all program activities will be hosted virtually.

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Our faculty and postdocs benefit from monthly mentoring meetings and opportunities to enhance their skills and network.

    • Establish ground rules and expectations for participation in the program and the yearlong mentoring partnership
    • Introduce process to identify and clarify goals for the year
    • Share key concepts and strategies that support an effective and collaborative mentoring experience
    • Participate in a breakout room session with a Mentoring Executive Committee mentor
    • Participate in a breakout room session with your assigned mentoring partner(s) to establish an initial connection

Monthly Activities

(November 2021 – August 2022)

Accordion Content

    • Meet monthly to discuss and plan for progress toward goals
    • Give/receive regular encouragement and accountability
    • Benefit from a safe and outside perspective
    1. Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Mentoring
    2. Making Mentoring Count: Informal Panel Discussion with MEC
    3. Spring Networking Event 
    4. Advancing a Culture of Mentoring
    5. Impact of Mentoring on Mental Health
    • Receive a check-in survey in January and the option to receive follow-up from Program Leadership or an assigned member of the Mentoring Executive Committee
    • Purpose of the survey – make sure mentoring partnership is on track, goals are being met, and any issues addressed
    • Certificates are distributed
    • Your program participation & mentoring contributions are recognized