Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles

Accepting applications through October 7, 2022

About the program: The Graduate Students of Color mentoring circles is an initiative created by Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE). The Mentoring Circles connect current graduate students with alumni who provide culturally relevant perspectives on pathways to academic and industry careers.  The program was developed in response to the Black Graduate Student Association’s advocacy for tailored resources to help underrepresented graduate students compete successfully in academic and professional job markets.

Program format: Through this month-long program, students will virtually connect with graduate alumni and engage in weekly topical conversations focused on navigating work environments as people of color. In this mentoring circle format, students will have access and receive input from mentors in various career paths and hear about their peers’ experiences. The mentoring circles will take place in the evenings and meet online for three 1.5 hour group sessions. After the group sessions, in the fourth week, students will have the opportunity to have 15 minute individual conversations with mentors.

Anticipated dates & time commitment: Program dates are October 13, 2022 through November 10, 2022, and the time commitment is 6 hours across 5 events.

Mentor information: Mentors represent the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Science and Sloan.  

Questions? Contact Elsie Otero eotero@mit.edu

Tuesday Circle


Dates: October 18, 25, November 1, November 8, 2022
Times: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Mentor expertise: Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization, Tech Strategy

Wednesday Circle


Dates: October 19, 26, November 2, November 9, 2022
Times: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Mentor expertise: Academia, Biology, Chemistry, and Leadership Coaching

Thursday Circle


Dates: Fall 2022 – TBD
Times: TBD

Mentor expertise: Apartment Development and Investment, Architecture and Urban Planning