The mission of the Hospitality College Mentor Program is to provide students with the opportunity to meet hospitality industry professionals who are willing to share their knowledge, experience and advice to assist students in making better career choices. Additionally, the program seeks to foster relationships with the employer community to provide students with an insight into the world of work.
The College of Hospitality is dedicated to providing professional development experiences for our students. To this end, for one academic year (September-May), a mentor is paired with a hospitality college student whose interest matches the mentor’s profession.
Students are selected through an application process. Based on students' interest areas and available mentors, selected students are invited to a pairing meeting where they are provided with contact information for their assigned mentor. Students are responsible for making initial contact with their mentor. A yearly welcome reception is held at the beginning of October to kick-off the program and provides the opportunity for students and mentors to network.
An annual awards reception in April provides an end-of-the-year opportunity for mentees to say thanks and recognize the Mentors for their dedication and support.