Mentoring Circles

Exciting opportunities for all UB graduate and undergraduate students to meet and engage with UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars will be availablea again in academic year 2021-22. Please see detailed information on our 8 new colleagues for 2021-22:

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

Please check back here in August 2021 for the activation of this link to express interest. (Applications will be open until all mentoring circles are full with initial matches occurring in late Sept. or early October.) 

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

You will be notified via your UB email regarding your mentoring circle match.

Picture of Prof. Patricia A. Matthew (2020-21 UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar) and mentee, Allison Cardon.

Prof. Patricia A. Matthew (2020-21 UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar, English) and UB student Allison Cardon meeting in person at the end of year gathering for the members of the inaugural DVS cohort and mentees.