Update, March 13, 2020: Based upon the recent surge of cases in the local area and best practices from other organizations, Mentor Collective has decided to now mandate a work-from-home policy starting 3/13/20 and through the week of 4/7/20 out of respect for the global efforts combating COVID-19.

We remain open and ready to support our partners during this challenging time.

As we monitor the global COVID-19 threat, Mentor Collective cares deeply about the health, safety, and emotional well-being of higher education students. Now, perhaps more than ever, students need messages of support and reassurance. MC is committed to reinforcing our mentor/student relationships as a tool to create stability and connection in uncertain and uneasy moments for higher education students.

For Our Partners:

  • MC is offering complimentary custom communications, by email or SMS, with students/mentors to reinforce, support or enhance your campus-wide communications
  • Messaging can be led by MC’s recommended templates or can be fully customized, recommendations include:
    • Encourage students/mentors to leverage their relationship for additional support during this time
    • Encourage mentors to highlight any particular challenges via Insight Flags, such as housing instability caused by campus closures
  • Please contact your Partner Success Manager or the Partner Success team if you are interested in implementing custom communications to your program participants.

The following Mentor Collective events have been adapted in response to COVID-19 cancellations:
  • Our 2020 UPCEA Conference presentation originally scheduled at the Boston conference will now be offered as a webinar. Please join us on Wednesday, March 18th, at 9:30 am ET for The Impact of Alumni Mentorship on Online Students: A Case Study with Berklee College of Music Online. Mr. Michael Moyes, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Strategy and Operations at Berklee College of Music will outline best practices in supporting retention and sense of belonging among online students through alumni mentorship. 
  • Join us via webinar on Wednesday, March 25th, at 12:00 pm ET for Increasing Retention Rates of First-Generation Students: A Case Study with Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Michael Tew, Associate Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Programming & Services, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) will discuss strategies to support retention among first-generation students.
  • All future regional thought leadership roundtable events will include a “virtual roundtable” contingency plan should MC and our campus hosts determine that an in-person roundtable event is not in the best interest of the campus and community. 

Our best wishes for the health of your students, administration, and campuses during this time.