Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles

Next cohort will run in Fall 2022.

About the program: The Graduate Student 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 12, 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 and Science.  

Questions? Contact Elsie Otero eotero@mit.edu

Tuesday Circle


Dates: Fall 2022
Times: Evening

Mentor expertise: TBD

Wednesday Circle


Dates: Fall 2022
Times: Evening

Mentor expertise: TBD

Thursday Circle


Dates: Fall 2022
Times: Evening

Mentor expertise: TBD