FAQs

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Basics

How is the ALL Mentorship Program different from the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program (NNMP)?

The ALL Mentorship Program seeks to create a more identity-driven mentoring experience than the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program. Whereas the NNMP’s main focus is industry/professional interests, we encourage ALL Mentorship Program participants to explore broader topics related to life experiences, in addition to career-related subjects.

Who can participate in the ALL Mentorship Program?

Degree-seeking Northwestern students and alumni with degrees from any school are eligible to participate. Currently, the ALL Mentorship Program is open to alumni and students who identify as Asian and Asian American, Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and/or Muslim. Faculty, staff, parents, certificate students, and friends of the University are not currently eligible to participate.

I don't live in Chicago/Evanston. Can I still participate?

Absolutely. This is a global program. Leaders and learners can connect via phone, email, or video chat at this time.

If I am already enrolled in the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, will my profile automatically populate when I enroll in the ALL Mentorship Program?

Yes, if you log in using your existing account, your basic alumni and student profile information will auto-populate. Note that additional information specific to the ALL Mentorship Program will need to be completed.

Which affinity groups are participating in the ALL Mentorship Program at this time?

This program partners with the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), Northwestern University Asian and Asian American Alumni Association (NU-A5), Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club (NUPAC), Latinx Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU), and Northwestern University Muslim Alumni (NUMA).

What are my alumni mentorship options if I don’t identify with one of the five initial ALL groups?

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program (NNMP) mentor search process accommodates identity-based filters so you can still find a more tailored mentor match that fits you within the general NNMP program.

Other affinity clubs will continue to facilitate identity-based student-alumni/alumni-alumni connections via events and programming. The full list of our affinity clubs and their contact information can be found here.

Can alumni be learners in this program or just mentor leaders?

At this time, the ALL Mentorship Program is matching mentor leaders with students only.

Can graduate or professional school students sign up to be learners, as well?

Yes, graduate and professional school students are eligible to participate as learners (mentees).

I forgot my username and/or password. What should I do?

If you forgot your username, email affinitymentorship@northwestern.edu and we will send you your username (i.e. the email you used when creating your account).

If you forgot your password, click the link that says "Forgot your password?" on the login page and type in the email address you used to create your account. You will then receive an email allowing you to reset your password.

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Matching & Mentorship

How are leaders and learners matched?

After registration has closed, we will use a matching algorithm to match participants with one another and staff then review each match to ensure it seems like a good fit. Using the information shared in participants' profiles, matches are based on identity, discussion topic interest, career interests, preferred frequency and method of meeting, and education information. All participants will be matched with someone who identifies with the same affinity group(s) as they do.

What is the time commitment involved for being a leader or learner?

We purposefully have designed this program to be flexible for alumni leaders and student learners. You and your leader/learner have complete control over your mentorship relationship and can decide how often you want to meet at the onset of your mentoring relationship. Once matched, we ask that you discuss how much time you can commit to the relationship. Based on user profiles, we also have tried to match participants with similar meeting frequency preferences.

What if there is a problem with my leader/learner relationship?

If you have questions or experience any issues with your mentor leader or mentee learner, please reach out to the ALL Mentorship Program manager at affinitymentorship@northwestern.edu. The program manager can offer solutions to improve the relationship or, if necessary, formally terminate the relationship.