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