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Mentoring Handbook

This handbook provides an overview of the LAU Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP), sponsored jointly by the Alumni Relations Office (ARO) and the Office of the Deans of Students (Career and Placement) on Beirut and Byblos campuses.

Program Description

AMP and the ARO Mission

The Alumni Relations Office seeks to foster lifelong relationships between LAU and its graduates in aid of the University’s overall mission, by providing alumni with opportunities for social interaction, networking, active involvement in the community and philanthropic support. ARO’s objectives are reinforced by the Alumni Mentoring Program that connects alumni and seniors in a bid to help students launch their careers.

Overview

The program enables LAU senior students to interact individually with experienced alumni in their chosen careers, and obtain advice for their academic and professional development.

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of the Alumni Relations Office and those of students, and mentors, participating in the mentoring program are delineated below:

The Mentoring Board

The Alumni Relations Office and the Office of the Deans of Students match students with alumni mentors in order to maximize the benefits of the mentoring process. The Mentoring Board -­ consisting of two faculty members, one Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) member, one ARO member, and one AAB member - is responsible for screening the registration forms of both mentors and mentees.

Mentees

The AMP program is entirely voluntary. All LAU senior students are eligible to participate at any time.

Mentors

Mentors serve on a voluntary basis. Would-be mentors may register with the program through the Alumni Relations Office.

The Mentoring Process

Student and Mentor Registration

Interested students and mentors should register online at https://alumni.lau.edu.lb/NetCommunity/MSR, providing contact information and background relevant to your interests, preferred means of communication and career goals. Once the information is entered in the online system, you will receive a set of program guidelines.

The information the student provides is confidential, and is used solely to identify a mentor whose background and interests coincide as closely as possible with those of the student.

Matching

Once students and potential mentors have registered online, and after the approval of the mentoring board on the eligibility of the applicants, the Alumni Relations Office and the Office of the Deans of Students (Career and Placement) analyze the submitted information to determine optimal student-mentor matches.

The program’s administration then notifies students and mentors of their matches and, with their agreement, provides them with the relevant background and contact information. The student is responsible for initiating contact with the mentor - in person or by phone - no later than two weeks after receipt of his/her details.

The student and mentor should make use of the first meeting to assess their mutual satisfaction with their matches. If either party feels that the match is unsuitable, the Alumni Relations Office should be notified as early as possible in order to make other arrangements.

Mentoring

The mentoring phase of the Alumni Mentoring Program will last as long as the mentor and student wish to maintain the relationship. However, at the end of the first year of the mentoring period, the parties are kindly requested to submit a satisfaction survey to the ARO for review by both The Alumni Relations Office and the Office of the Deans of Students (Career and Placement). Should the match be unsatisfactory for either party, an alternative will be proposed.

The success of the mentoring phase is determined by the relationship between the student and mentor. Face-to-face mentoring meetings and joint participation of both parties in relevant social or professional events may help to cement the relationship over time. 


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