Mentoring is a partnership that involves two individuals who are committed to professional and personal growth. They must be willing to commit both time and energy to ensure that goals are met.



"One of the many advantages of participating in the mentorship program is the opportunity to be exposed to a group of deeply committed and passionate U of T employees. As a mentor I have enjoyed meeting 'up and coming' staff members as well as getting to know other mentors and their individual career histories. It has been a deeply rewarding experience. "

"The Mentoring program is an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth. My mentor has helped me develop skills and enhance my self-awareness in ways that are truly invaluable. "


What are the Mentoring programs at U of T? The Rose Patten Leadership Program includes 2 mentoring programs and is sponsored by the VP – HR & Equity and named in honour of the past Chair of Governing Council. Staff are partnered with a more senior staff leader to broaden their skills, university experience and contacts. Mentees initiate goals and plan the topics for their individual meetings with their partners every 3 weeks. The partners are assisted from time to time by a coach. There are 5-6 group sessions that offer training and networking opportunities.

When and how long are the mentoring programs? The programs run for 12 months, January to December each year. Announcements for the information sessions are emailed to staff at the appropriate job levels for the 2 programs in October for an application deadline in November.

The Mentoring Leadership Partnership is designed for staff in job levels:
Pay Band 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, PM4, PM5 and PM6
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The Mentoring Learning Partnership is for staff in job levels:
Pay Band 11, 12, 13, and 14 and C3, PM1, PM2 and PM3


What are the benefits for the mentee? The mentees gain exposure to new ideas; broaden their network of people; enlist professional support and encouragement from the mentor; enhance personal effectiveness through informal feedback; improve their understanding of how the University works; gain new skills and the opportunity to practice them in a structured setting; and, solidify career goals.  Mentees should expect a minimum commitment of 8 hours/month.

For information about the Mentoring Leadership Partnership and Mentoring Learning Partnership, contact Alexandra Jotevski