Graduate College Mentorship Certification
The Graduate College Mentorship Certification (GCMC) is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively be mentored and serve as a mentor in higher education settings. Once accepted into the program, participants must attend all mandatory cohort meetings, serve as a mentor in some capacity throughout participation in the program, complete a minimum of 6 approved campus workshops, and then complete their culminating experience (mentorship portfolio). The GCMC workshops are designed to foster intellectual discussion of ethical issues in mentoring, as well as to provide insight and training on best mentoring practices.
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 GCMC Cohort
Graduate students must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at UNLV and currently be enrolled and in good academic standing in a graduate degree program to be eligible to participate in the program.
Applications are only accepted once a year. There is no application fee. The application package consists of:
The completed application packet is due by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. It must be submitted to the front office of the Graduate College (FDH #352). Once applications have been reviewed and approved, accepted GCMC applicants will receive an email confirmation of admission to the GCMC via their Rebelmail account.
- Once accepted into the program, participants are expected to serve as a mentor in some capacity. This could include, but is not limited to, being a mentor to a graduate student from a more recent cohort; an undergraduate student; or an individual affiliated with a club/organization/religious institution that participants are members of.
- Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting at the beginning of the semester; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; and (3) a meeting at the end of the academic year.
- Students must attend a minimum of 6 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms. These workshops are free. GCMC students may only get credit for GCMC workshops by registering for them, signing-in when they attend, and submitting the GCMC Workshop Attendance Form. Please note that participants may not just show up to a workshop, participate, and then get credit for the GCMC. Workshops typically change each semester. Examples of the types of GCMC sessions offered include:
- General Ethical Responsibilities in Mentoring
- Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
- Title IX Training
- Effective Interpersonal Communication
- Balancing Wellness and Academics: Effective Time Management
- Embracing Equity and Diversity in Mentoring Relationships
- Mentoring Undergraduate Students
- Finally, GCMC students must submit and present their mentorship portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). The portfolio will be comprised of two pieces: a scholarly Statement of Mentoring Philosophy and a statement about the mentoring experiences. The first piece will include research on an aspect of mentorship (including how to apply this aspect to one’s own academic mentorship) and should be 4-6 double-spaced pages in length. The second statement will include: what the mentor did; how the mentorship improved over the year; and how it benefited the mentee.
- Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GCMC.
- Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort. This includes serving as a mentor in some capacity.
- Once admitted, GCMC students will need to successfully complete a minimum of 6 GCMC workshops within one year (program duration). No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GCMC may be counted toward the program.
- Students may only get credit for GCMC courses that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
- Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GCMC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
- GCMC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts. They are also free.
- Students must submit the GCMC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester in order to receive credit for workshops attended during the respective semester. For the fall semester, the form should be submitted by study week. For the spring semester, the form should be submitted by the end of the semester meeting when the mentorship portfolios are presented.
- The mentorship portfolio must be submitted by Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
- All GCMC participants must attend the final cohort meeting to present their mentorship portfolios.
- Students must submit the GCMC Completion Form and the GCMC Workshop Attendance Form as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented in order to complete the program, receive their certificate of completion, and have the GCMC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.
- If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GCMC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.
All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2018-2019 GCMC cohort:
- Introductory Meeting: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
- Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule
You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance.
Mentorship Resources for Graduate Students