Mentor Collective @ the Center

Students and professionals, we want to connect you!

We offer two programs to match students with professional women mentors based on career goals, common interests, and academics. Conversations revolve around career development, networking, confidence building, and job environment awareness. Participate in one of two programs:

  • Women & Tech Mentor Collective Program
  • Black Women & STEM Mentor Collective Program

How to join one of the eMentor programs

Step 2: Complete the matching survey

After you've logged into Mentor Collective, access the matching survey and complete it to be paired with a mentor who shares your interests and experiences.

Step 3: Make the most of your Mentor relationship

Connect with your mentor/mentee through video conferencing, email, text, or social media.

Goals of the Mentor Collective Program

Both Mentor Programs involve meeting regularly, usually via video chat, to address topics like:

  • What it is like to be a woman in technology after college.
  • How your major will impact your professional options.
  • What to do if you’re the only woman in your class, position, or company.
  • Will people see you differently because you’re pursuing technology as a woman?
  • How you can set yourself up for academic and career success?

Watch these video testimonials

Channing describes her experience being a Black Women & STEM Mentor.

Description of the video:

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I have my name is Chani Collins and I
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live in Merrillville Indiana I have been
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mentoring this year through mentor
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collective I might have five mentors
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mentees that attend Indiana University
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one of them being Sabrina it's been such
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a great joy and honored to answer all
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her questions and help her throughout
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this academic year this being a unique
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year with everything that has been going
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on but I've helped her with a wide array
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of questions concerns comments from she
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could go straight into grad school
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coursework career fairs we've talked
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about an array of things has been such a
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great adventure working with her this
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year I look forward to working with some
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girls next year as well and mentoring
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them this year being my first year has
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been a really great experience
Toby describes her experience being Women & Tech Mentor.

Description of the video:

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hi my name is Toby Klein I'm a second
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year doctoral student and I have been a
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part of the mentorship collective team
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for two years now I've had about 12
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mentees over the course of my two years
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and I think it's an incredible
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opportunity to connect folks who had
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been undergraduate women and then with
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folks who are currently undergraduate
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women in stem we found that there have
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been a lot of successes associated with
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being woman in staff and a lot of
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empowerment that can happen as a result
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and yet there's also a lot of pitfalls
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and there's a lot of struggles that we
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may or may not think about whether it's
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not having our identities represented in
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the classroom spaces whether it's social
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concerns and there's a lot that goes on
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when you are struggling with a really
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difficult field with difficult course
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content and then associations of other
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identity concerns social concerns
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relationships there's a lot that goes
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into being a successful undergraduate
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student and I've been able to thankfully
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work with my mentees and help them grow
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both as students and as social learners
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as just individuals in society I think
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mentor collective is a great opportunity
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to find someone who maybe isn't a
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professor in that specific space you can
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give an outside perspective and offer a
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chance of connection and of
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encouragement and really just connecting
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folks different resources I loved my
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time as a mentor and to any future
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mentees out there I really recommend it
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and have a great time meeting with your
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mentee meeting with your mentor allow
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them to share what they've learned what
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their struggles and their successes may
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have been and who knows it may just help
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you
Roxana describes her experience being a Women & Tech Mentee.

Description of the video:

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hi my name is Roxana Mendoza and I am a
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sophomore here at Indiana University and
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I signed up for a mentor because I felt
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like I was falling behind in terms of
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professional development I wanted
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someone to talk to you that I felt could
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help me navigate things like internships
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and other professional opportunities
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because these are things that I just I
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find very intimidating simply because
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the things that I don't really have too
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much experience with but my mentor just
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helped me navigate things like time
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management talking to professor's mental
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wellness just a variety of things
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they've always helped me feel welcome
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always feel validated and anything that
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I'm asking so that I'm open to
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communication or anyone that would like
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to sign up for a mentor I would say
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absolutely go for it I there's
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absolutely nothing to lose and actually
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gain they're a wonderful valuable
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resource and I'm so excited going
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forward thank you so much for this
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opportunity
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and thank you for watching
Gabriella describes her experience being a Women & Tech Mentee.

Description of the video:

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hi my name is Gabriella DePalma my PhD
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student at the appointment of Spanish
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and Portuguese at Indiana University in
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Bloomington I set up to have a mentor
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because I wanted to change my career
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path and I knew last year that I would
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move to the Washington DC area this
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summer so my mentor she has a great job
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experience she has had many jobs
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throughout her life and she has a great
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network in the Washington DC area so she
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along with the other people she put him
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in contact with helped me figure out the
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language and ways of selling the oldest
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skills I have acquired during grad
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school to other job careers she is uh
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she makes me feel very welcome because
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she's always in contact with me
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Allison really knew resources to find
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jobs and doing American holidays she
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always sends me a sweet message
Dynae'describes her experience being a Black Women & STEM Mentee.

Description of the video:

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hello my name is danae and i am
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currently a junior here at iu
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majoring in environmental management at
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the o'neill school
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i joined this organization so that i
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could become more involved on campus
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and so that i could receive guidance
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through the transition
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from academics and into a career
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i particularly wanted help with building
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a better resume obtaining an internship
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and learning how to better network since
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joining this organization i've joined
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two new organizations with the help of
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my mentor one of which
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i am now the social media and marketing
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coordinator
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my mentors also help me find resources
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on campus
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that help me become more career ready
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for anyone who is considering joining
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this program
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i would definitely recommend it it's
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definitely a good opportunity that you
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should take advantage of
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my mentor has helped me a lot through my
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academics
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through personal issues
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and she's encouraged me to definitely go
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out and seek
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new opportunities i would definitely
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recommend that you take advantage of
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this opportunity
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because they won't do anything but help
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you
Natalie describes her experience being a Women & Tech Mentee.

Description of the video:

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hi i'm natalie i'm a current senior at
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indiana university at bloomington i
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initially joined the mentorship
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collective in order to help get over my
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imposter syndrome
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as well as get a little push forward on
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getting the motivation to look for a
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career
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my mentor so far has gone above and b
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beyond my expectations
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she's both helped me figure out how
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and where to network such as helping me
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find a lot of groups on campus that i
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was previously unaware of
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and she's also helped me on smaller
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things such as formatting my email
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endings to come across as more
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professional how to write a resume etc
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she's been excellent i would definitely
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recommend the renter collective to
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anyone she's just been so much fun to
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talk to as well