Countless studies have shown diverse teams perform better and boost innovation. At a time, however, when competition to attract and retain diverse talent in technology is stronger than ever, it is even harder for organizations dedicated to diversity to find the right candidates.
As with all other aspects of business, we have found that companies who can build relationships with potential employees are at a serious competitive edge.
Our mission at Benson Consulting is to partner with organizations to increase the skill set of individuals to change the culture and support a more diverse workforce.
We create programs through partnerships with organizations. This partnership with the University of New Hampshire will establish a student/industry mentorship program with their 2nd through 4th year student members of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), WWICS (Wildcat Women in Computer Science), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) and other diverse student groups. The program will be a six-month partnership that will run from December 2019 – May 2020 and provide the students the tools to connect and explore ideas around career development, negotiation, technology advancement and build their own personal network with women and men currently working in STEM fields. Mentoring undergraduates is an investment in the future of our industry and in the success of the future workforce.
December 2019 - May 2020
Mentors must submit application for matching by November 15, 2019.
Matches will be assigned and communicated by December 1, 2019.
Partnerships will launch with kickoff meeting in December 2019.
Partnerships will conclude on May 11, 2020.
Your program coordinators will check in twice a month to ensure the relationship is going well and will provide content/topics to guide conversations.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered as an industry mentor for our upcoming program, please follow these steps:
Read the FAQs below on becoming a mentor and your time commitment.
Apply using the Apply Now button before the September 1 deadline. Allow approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the application (following the steps described below).
Watch your e-mail in October to see if you have been matched with a mentee!
STEPS TO REGISTER
Follow these steps to sign up to be a mentor in our program:
Click Join Program.
Choose to use your LinkedIn or e-mail address.
Click Sign up here.
Enter your information and click Create Account.
Choose Alumni (if you attended UNH) or Non-Alumni Mentor.
Choose Yes to join our mentoring program (you should see Diversify Thinking Student Industry Mentoring Program selected).
Choose private to mentoring programs and click Continue.
Answer all program questions and click Continue.
Enter your educational background and click Continue (if you haven't received a formal degree, simply select Add New School and enter None).
Enter your personal details for your profile and click Continue.
Choose No to being open to meeting others in the community on the Availability Preferences page and choose Continue.
Click Continue to skip the Where you can help page.
Choose No to joining other groups on the Groups page and click Continue.
Click Continue to skip the Last Few Questions page.
Review and sign the Code of Conduct and click Next to complete the registration process.
BECOME A MENTOR
What you need to know
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO COMMIT AS A MENTOR?
Our expectation is that you will commit at least 1 hour every two weeks for seven months, and attend events listed below:
Kick-Off : 2 hours
Closing Ceremony: 2 hours
This is a minimum amount of time we believe you need to dedicate to the partnership with your mentee to be successful. You can certainly spend more time with your mentee and choose the best method of communication that works for you both when you are paired.
WHY DOES MY ACCOUNT NEED TO BE APPROVED AFTER REGISTRATION?
When you apply to be considered as a mentor in our program, you create a user account on Wildcat Connections.
Your account will need to be approved by the administrators before you can be added to our group and your application considered.
You will be notified via e-mail once approved, but remember you aren't automatically matched yet. You will find that out in December.
WHAT OTHER GUIDELINES SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT?
Submitted mentor applications do not guarantee participation
Applicants cannot be both a mentee and a mentor
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I'VE BEEN SELECTED AS A MENTOR?
Once we complete the matching process you will be notified via e-mail at the e-mail address you provided in your application. The notifications for matches will be sent out by December 1, 2019.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
You don't have to be a college graduate to be considered as a mentor in our program. If you haven't received a formal degree, simply select Add New School and enter None. You will then be able to Continue to the next step of the registration process.