Mentoring Matters 2018

Over the next couple of weeks, Student Leadership Development will be sharing information about mentoring and why mentoring matters, especially on university campuses. Research has shown that mentoring relationships can greatly improve college student outcomes, including leadership development, success in college, and an overall feeling of support and well-being. For these reasons, SLD works to promote the idea of Mentoring Matters to William & Mary students in the Spring!

Why do we promote mentoring?

Research on college student success has shown that mentoring is important to student growth, especially in their leadership development. Jabaji, Komives, and Dugan highlighted this relationships between mentoring and leadership in Mentoring Relationships Matter in Developing Student Leadership (2008). They highlighted the Multi-Institutional Study of leadership, which discusses two main functions of mentoring relationships: career and psycho-social functions. The career function occurs due to the fact that mentoring relationships can help students prepare to succeed in the workforce through “sponsorship, exposure-visibility, coaching, protection, and challenging assignments” (Jabaji et al., 2008, p. 7) The psycho-social function of mentoring occurs when the mentee is supported and encouraged to succeed by their mentor. Given this, researchers who are invested in college student success encourage universities to promote the idea of Mentoring Matters in order to help students realize the benefits, reflect on their own mentoring relationships, or seek out mentors who will invest in their success.

The goal of Student Leadership Development and Mentoring Matters is to encourage William and Mary students to:

  • Reflect on their mentoring relationships
  • Thank their mentor for their support in their development
  • Understand both sides of a successful mentoring relationship
  • Learn how to seek out a mentoring relationship

Stay turned for Student Leadership Development’s upcoming blog post for more information on why and how Mentoring Matters for William and Mary students! We will also be sharing information on our Facebook and hope to see you there!