Mentoring at PLU

A cornerstone of the PLU experience is the guiding relationships that students build with faculty and staff. Students will encounter different types of mentoring across their years at PLU, with admission counselors and athletic coaches; across faculty teaching first year courses, capstone courses, and everything in-between; within student-faculty research opportunities and experiences in the arts. Mentors can help students adjust to college, choose a major, navigate courses, determine the right study away program, get ready for the job market, and discuss life goals.

Relationships are the core of the PLU experience. By the time they graduate, PLU students have a team of mentors they can call on for support. Though these relationships serve different purposes at different times, they are grounded in one overarching value: guiding and mentoring students to find their passions and their vocational purpose, and to fulfill their personal goals and aspirations. 

Mentorship Metropolis

The Fall 2020 issue of Resolute highlights the many ways that mentoring takes place at PLU, from working with alumni from your major; connecting with peers, faculty, and staff with shared identities; and career development. It also explores the ethics of mentoring, shares advice for getting the most out of mentoring relationships, and more.

Building a Team of Mentors

PLU students build mentoring relationships with faculty and staff across campus. It starts with advising. First-year students are assigned a professional advisor from the Center for Student Success. After choosing a major, students are matched with faculty advisors in their major program who continue this academic mentoring through graduation. In conversation with their academic advisors, students explore complementary minors, study away opportunities, internship experiences, student-faculty research projects, and post-graduation career options, including graduate school. 

In addition to their faculty advisor, students also build mentoring relationships with faculty and staff through coursework, student-faculty research, music and theatre opportunities, campus employment, internships, athletic programs, and through participation in various programming across campus, including the Diversity Center and the Center for Gender Equity

Looking for help connecting with faculty?

Check out this resource from Georgetown University with advice on identifying, approaching, and maintaining relationships with potential faculty mentors.

Questions? Please contact mentoring@plu.edu.