Mentoring Program

  • Women's Alliance Network Mentorship Program

Mentoring Program

Please consider joining the mentoring program for the 2021-22 Academic Year

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Welcome to the Women's Alliance Network Mentoring Program. The benefits of mentoring programs to both the mentors and mentees, as well as to the organization in which that relationship exists are well documented.

Overview of the Program:

The mission of the Women's Alliance Network (WAN) is stated in our bylaws and directs us to create an educational, social, professional, and political, environment in which women’s voices and values, in all their diversity and richness are heard and included in efforts to shape the institutional and public agenda of higher education.

The goals for WAN are also articulated in our bylaws and include several that relate to the creation of this program, including:

  • Create a local network for women at Rowan interested in advancing in higher education.
  • Develop strategies to improve the institutional climate for women in leadership roles at Rowan.
  • Encourage women to prepare for and to compete for leadership roles in higher education.
  • Identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education with the assistance of upper level administration.

The goal of the mentoring program of WAN is to meet the articulated goals of our bylaws by providing a path by which participants can, with the guidance and support of upper level administration, develop the strategies necessary to advance in a career in higher education.

The objectives for WAN mentoring program, and the measure by which the program will be evaluated include: 

  • To sharpen coaching, management and communication skills of mentors as they assist female employees with leadership development.
  • To create a well-informed workforce with an increased competency level, and a greater understanding of the University and their role in the achievement of the 4 Pillars.
  • To provide mentees with a go-to person to whom they can ask questions about University culture and expectations.
  • To create greater organizational commitment, and an increase in employee retention.
  • To assist with the advancement of female employees within higher education.

Consistent with the goal and objectives for this program noted above, WAN seeks to offer a semi-formal mentoring program for female employees. The purpose of this program is to provide an example of leadership in higher education, and to offer guidance to mentees throughout the academic year. Through formal programming and individual meetings between mentors and mentees, participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills for advancing in their careers. Mentors will also be enriched professionally by participating in this rewarding program. Program participants will attend meetings held by the Mentoring Committee of the WAN Advisory Board, which will serve as the oversight body for this program, and will work to ensure that all participants are benefiting to the fullest extent possible from the program.