Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles Create Opportunities to Connect with Alumni

Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) have launched the 2021-2022 Mentoring Circle initiative for Graduate Students of Color. Through this month-long program (mid-October through mid-November), students have the opportunity to connect with alumni who can provide culturally relevant perspectives on pathways to academic and industry careers. 

The mentoring circles will take place in the evenings and meet online for three one-hour group sessions. After the group sessions, in the fourth week, the students will have the opportunity to have 15-20 minute individual conversations with mentors.  

Weekly discussions will focus on different themes at the intersection of culture and professional development. In this mentoring circle format, students will have access and receive input from mentors in various career paths and hear about their peers’ experiences.   

This semester’s program will feature a keynote, Mentoring Perspectives from Dr. Sekazi Mtingwa ‘71, open to all graduate students. On Oct. 13, 2021, Dr. Sekazi Mtingwa ‘71, founding member of MIT Black Students’ Union and renowned physicist, will share his perspective on mentoring.  

Email Elsie Otero eotero@mit.edu with your questions.   

By Elsie Otero
Elsie Otero Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Elsie Otero