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Mentoring Programs

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Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. The rewards gained are substantial and has enabled those in the program to:

  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference 
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work

Are you ready to find a mentoring opportunity?


Man Up Mentoring Program 

As part of the Achieve the Dream initiative, the Annandale Campus's Man Up Program pairs students (mentees) with faculty, staff, and administrators (mentors) to form a student success partnership that provides the means for students to succeed academically, personally, and professionally. Student success falls into two categories: student outputs and outcomes. 


Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) Mentoring Program

Women in Search of Excellence (WISE) Mentoring Program addresses the challenges facing women in higher education by fostering healthy relationships and providing support, guidance and encouragement to help women overcome obstacles and achieve personal, professional and academic growth.


Women Helping Women (WHW) - Women's Retention Project

In 2009, the Jean Braden Center for Women, Gender, and Social Equity launched the Women's Retention Project as an initiative to better assist students at the NOVA Alexandria campus. Essentially, students are paired with a NOVA faculty or staff member to be their mentor. As a mentor, we offer our mentee(s):

  • Support - Meeting other women students, as well as having an experienced professional and leader to talk with on a regular basis. This is an opportunity to develop a relationship during and after their time as a student at NOVA.
  • Resources - Learning about and exploring various opportunities (i.e. jobs, scholarships), networking opportunities, programs, etc. 
  • Leadership - Mentees will be supported in furthering their leadership goals. Past mentees have lead conferences, started international programs to support women, and developed workshops on topics of importance to them.
  • Graduation - Motivation and guidance to help mentees soar through the finish line.

Please watch this brief video to learn more about what the program has to offer.

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