Mentoring Circles

Exciting opportunities for all UB graduate and undergraduate students to meet and engage with UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars are available now.

Learn, grow, connect, thrive

All UB students have the opportunity to indicate their interest in obtaining group mentoring from the Scholars. Throughout the academic year, each of the Scholars will lead two “mentoring circles”—one circle comprising 10 undergraduate students, and another, 10 graduate students. Meeting a few times per semester, students in the circles will get to know peers and the Scholars, engaging socially, academically, and professionally. Although Scholars will determine the activities in conjunction with students in their mentoring circles, examples of possible activities include virtual tours of key Buffalo/Niagara region sites, film viewings and discussions, music/dance gatherings (virtual or outdoors and virtual), readings and discussions, and exposure to research and creative projects on racial and other forms of inequality. These circles are a great opportunity for students to have small group interaction with Scholars and peers, providing support, sharing aspirations and challenges, and learning together. The circles are open to ALL students, regardless of field/program/major. You need not be in a Scholar’s specific field to apply to join that Scholar’s circle. Participation will be either wholly virtual or virtual and socially distanced such that students may participate regardless of location. The time required to participate in these occasional gatherings will be readily managed in conjunction with students' other demands.  The benefits to UB students promise to be large and long-lasting. Applying is straightforward; merely indicate your preferred mentor, answer a few questions, and share a brief statement, if you choose, about yourself so Scholars can learn more about you. Connect with a Scholar, add to your supportive community, get help mapping out your personal, academic, and professional future, and welcome these wonderful visiting faculty to UB.

Apply to Participate

The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 15 (applications after that date will be reviewed until circles are filled).

To apply, please submit a brief survey and description of interest.

You will be notified via your UB email if you have been selected.