According to the school, the program will connect incoming students with an alumni mentor from the moment they arrive on campus. The online platform uses profile data to suggest mentor matches for students from different backgrounds, class years, programs, regions, and industries.
“Since the day I arrived at MIT Sloan, students have been requesting alumni mentoring. This program will not only provide this opportunity to our students, but will do so in a way that is easy and accessible by using the online matching tool.” says Donna Russell, senior associate director of alumni relations and annual giving.
Once connected, the alumni mentor and student will work together to define their relationship—for example, how often the pair will keep in touch—so that it best suits their needs. Russell notes that more than 600 alumni worldwide have already expressed interest in the program.
“Meaningful mentorship has long been limited by geographic barriers,” says Kathy Hawkes, director of alumni relations and annual giving. “At a place like MIT Sloan, with more than 22,000 alumni in 90 countries, this is a real challenge. This new program will provide our students with an opportunity to have a life-changing experience with a mentor regardless of where they are in the world. This is very exciting.”