Berkeley Mentorship Cohort
Getting admitted to Berkeley Engineering is a big achievement in itself. Succeeding here will challenge you in ways you might never have expected. That’s why we offer robust mentorship programs to give each student the individual support they need. To develop true engineering leaders, we’re increasing access and equity for everyone in our community. We close opportunity gaps for marginalized groups. We aim to provide a welcoming culture where all Berkeley Engineering students, faculty and staff feel valued and supported — and prepared to fully unlock our individual and collective potential by continuing to pay it forward.
In order to increase retention and a sense of belonging for everyone, the Berkeley Mentorship Cohort (BMC) offers a full range of peer, faculty and alumni mentorship programs. It partners students with effective mentors, then equips them with digital libraries of campus resources and literature reviews on effective mentoring practices and platforms to share the collective wisdom of the Berkeley Engineering community. We’ll be serving scholars at every stage of their academic careers, creating a pipeline of support and enhancing our students’ holistic wellness.
Our program is structured around “families” — subgroups within the BMC that address particular identities and their intersections — but the program is open to everyone, even if they don’t identify with an existing family. Currently we offer the following three families:
We plan to expand the program over time to include other identity groups. Now and in the future, the BMC is open to all, regardless of identity.
Individualized mentoring. Mentors and mentees meet each month throughout the academic year. These meetings will enable students to seek counsel and share aspects of their growth, as well as to inform mentors on how to best support students’ success.
Group mentoring. Pairs of mentors and mentees connect with each other throughout the academic year to develop community and receive specific aid in areas where individualized mentoring may not be sufficient.
Workshops and community-building events. Mentors and mentees can participate in community-building events as well as workshops addressing academic excellence, professional development, leadership and mental and physical wellness.
Staff support and training. The BMC and partners provide training to equip staff members with tools for effective communication, academic excellence and professional development.
- To educate leaders by providing every student with the chance to partner with a mentor to develop a collaborative relationship.
- To use the power of mentorship to access growth opportunities for a diverse group of future engineering leaders.
- To unite the wisdom and experience of our community, bringing together alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
- To advance the importance and practice of mentorship by recognizing Berkeley mentors who foster positive leadership.
The 2021-22 pilot program is pairing first-year undergraduate students with peer mentors. In future phases of the program, we’ll expand to include alumni and faculty mentorship and to serve graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Application deadline: Monday, August 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. PST.
This work is made possible through the generous funding and support from Andrew Yang and the Berkeley Engineering Fund.