Diversity Mentorship Program | Mentors

Are you a current UBC Psychology graduate student or postdoctoral researcher? Mentor an undergraduate student!

Our Diversity Mentorship Program aims to prepare and mentor students from diverse, under-resourced, traditionally underrepresented, and/or marginalized backgrounds for graduate admissions in psychology. This program is geared towards advanced undergraduates or recent graduates who are interested in applying for research-oriented graduate programs in psychology.

Involvement and time commitment

As a mentor, you will be paired with up to three mentees. You will be asked to meet with the mentees three times during the year (e.g., on Zoom), with additional email correspondence as needed:

  • During our virtual event on June 4 and 5.
  • In the fall to provide guidance about applying to graduate school.
  • In the winter when mentees are preparing for campus interviews and navigating academic and professional decisions.

Equity & Mentorship Training (1-2 hours): Mentors will learn about barriers to education faced by scholars from diverse backgrounds, racial bias and microaggressions within academia, and evidence-based approaches for supporting students.

The time commitment is estimated to be up to 12 hours over the year.

Benefit of being a mentor

  • You will gain experience in mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, while having training and support during the program. This experience can be personally rewarding for you and the mentees. It will also be valuable for your career (e.g., for job applications, working with diverse teams in the future).
  • Mentors will receive an honorarium.
  • OPTIONAL: Volunteer to give a presentation or facilitate workshops or panels for the two-day virtual event in June.

Applications

At this time, we are only accepting mentor applications from current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows affiliated with the Department of Psychology at UBC.

If you have questions about volunteering as a mentor, please contact Dr. Nancy Sin at nsin@psych.ubc.ca.

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