Our mission is to bridge the gap between staff and students through a unique mutually-beneficial mentorship opportunity that allows for meaningful exchange.

What is Connect Concordia?

Connect Concordia is a student-led initiative that pairs a student and a staff member for a one-hour online meeting to give students a hands-on look at the behind-the-scenes of Concordia. This mentorship program allows you to dive into a day-in-the-life of a staff member at Concordia. Through our program we:

  • Support students to develop their workplace literacy skills and experience a real-life work environment
  • Facilitate an experience for students to build their professional communication skills through supportive relationships with staff
  • Provide the opportunity for staff to gain insight into the student experience and the impact of their role within the university through exchange and feedback with students

How it works


  • Connect Concordia will be accepting applications this spring/summer for the fall 2022 term.
  • Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the coordinator and paired with a staff member.

Before the meeting

  • Identify some goals and expectations you have for the experience. What do you want to learn from each other? For example, you may want to gain professional communcation skills, email writing skills, learn about the staff's specific workplace environment, etc. 
  • Share these goals and expectations with the staff member you are paried with before the meeting to ensure there is a mutual understanding of how the meeting will go
  • Write down questions you have for each other; you can take a look at our sample questions for ideas

During the meeting

  • Reiterate what your goals and expectations are for the meeting. It's helpful if you both know what you want to get out of the experience
  • This is also an opportunity for the staff member to learn about their impact on student life

After the meeting

  • Please fill out the feedback form to help us improve the Connect Concordia program
  • You have the option of staying connected with your mentor. Check in to see if they are willing to do so

Sample questions to ask staff members:

  • How did you obtain the work position you are in now?
  • What kind of career path did you take?
  • Did you know what you wanted to do before graduating?
  • What do you wish you knew in your last years of university?
  • Are there parts of your job you want students to know about?
  • What do you miss most about your job when it was in-person?
  • How do you think you position impacts students?
  • What is your mission within the university?


Sample questions to ask sudents:

  • What was the path you took that brought you to Concordia?
  • What stood out about Concordia, why did you choose to study here?
  • Are you involved outside of the classroom?
  • Was it easy (or was it not) to find ways to be involved in co-curriclar and extra-curricular activities?
  • How has that changed with Concordia going online?
  • Have you enjoyed your university career so far?
  • What is the best part? What is the hardest part?


Our partners

This program is in partnership with FutureBound and the Faculty of Arts and Science, and has previously been supported by CCSL and the Sustainability Action Fund

Contact us

Emily Andrews, Coordinator

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