SAB Staff Mentorship Program: Application period now open

To: UC Santa Cruz Staff

From: Staff Advisory Board

The application period is now open to participate in the 2023 UC Santa Cruz Staff Mentorship Program. The deadline to apply is January 5, 2024.  If you are interested in participating in the program, either as a mentor or mentee, please read more below and click a link at the bottom to apply!  

If you have any questions or concerns, email

UCSC Mentor Program Concept
The UCSC SAB Staff Mentorship Program is a volunteer program that pairs experienced UCSC staff from all campus units with newer staff who are seeking to develop themselves professionally. The program provides a supportive structure in which participants can cultivate contacts, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths. 

Once pairs are set, mentors and mentees will define the shape and scope of their personal experience. Some pairs may choose more reading suggestions, for example, where others may choose to rely exclusively on dialogue. The mentor program will officially run for 10 months.

Program Cycles
The Staff Mentorship Program cycle will run for a total of 10 months. The next program cycle will run from February through November 2024.  

Who Can Participate
Mentors are experienced UCSC career employees and well-respected advisors, coaches and colleagues that guide and challenge, and who are willing to share their experiences.

Mentees are UCSC career employees interested in career development and who have relatively fewer years of service. 

Eligibility requirements for 2024 program participants include:
  • Career, partial-year career and contract employees
  • Current satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Successful completion of probation by January 1, 2024
How the Program Works
  • Mentees accepted for the program will be notified shortly after the application deadline.
  • Mentees and mentors accepted for the program will be invited to a networking Program Kick-Off Mixer event which will take place in late January 2024. At this event mentors and mentees can meet in an informal setting. Mentees and mentors will receive the date, time and location of the Program Kick-Off Mixer Reception via email.
  • After the meeting, mentees and mentors will separately submit their match preferences in ranked order to the UCSC Staff Advisory Board Mentorship Committee. The committee will complete the matching process. 
  • Once matching is completed, pairs will be notified and the mentoring process will begin February 2024.
  • Once matched, the mentor and the mentee establish mutually agreeable terms for the mentorship relationship. Mentors and mentees meet together on an established schedule for ten months.