Overview of Mentorship Program

Opportunities are available through the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal (CDCR) for students, staff, faculty, school district personnel, and community members who are interested in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of Hmong descent who are seeking education-related degrees at several UW System campuses. Examples of mentoring topics include:

  • K-12 teaching and administration
  • Instruction methods and curriculum design
  • Campus activities and procedures
  • Teacher Education application process
  • Student leadership and involvement
  • Multicultural activities and issues
  • Research and scholarship
  • Educational leadership and policy
  • Career and professional development
  • Guidance and counseling
  • International/global education and experience

Mentoring activities are flexible and will coincide with the needs and expertise of each mentor and mentee. Mentoring pairs will be required to design an individual mentoring strategy that explains their proposed activities.  Mentors will be compensated for their services.

Mentor Qualifications & Desirable Attributes

  • Demonstrate clear commitment to diversity and individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Illustrate experience with, and active participation in, campus and community multicultural issues/activities
  • Exhibit proficiency in skillful and respectful communication techniques
  • Maintain professional or academic link to teacher education or related fields
  • Possess experience in mentoring or working with students/peers
  • Possess experience in working with individuals of Hmong descent
  • If an active student: Maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher

Application Process

  • Complete the application describing your experience and interest.
  • Return the application to the CDCR office at or 270 Murphy Library.
  • All applications will be considered by a panel of reviewers.
  • Applicants will be notified of the panel's decision within two to four weeks of submitting an application.