The McMaster Humanities Mentorship program is a unique opportunity for upper-year students to make a positive impact on the experience of fellow students. The program helps participants develop the invaluable leadership skills sought by employers.
The program is designed to immerse senior students in a structured mentorship relationship with other students who are new to McMaster University. Mentors have the option of mentoring first year Humanities students or international students whose first language is not English .
Mentors also engage in an in-class component where they study the foundations of leadership and cultivate an interest in the mentoring process. A few of the topics discussed in class are:
Students examine a number of leadership principles and techniques designed to foster greater self-awareness and a better understanding of others, and apply their learning to their mentorship role.
Effective leaders possess strong ethical values, emotional and social intelligence, excellent communication skills, and creativity; they have empathy, and are able to influence and inspire through informed, reasoned arguments.
The fourth-year course builds upon the previous course in order to provide additional training in leadership and mentorship, and particularly coaching.
Early in the course students will complete an online assessment (a 360 assessment). The LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory) assessment is a leadership development tool designed to help you measure your leadership behaviours and enable you to take action to improve your effectiveness as a leader. The assessment consists of a Student Self-Assessment and the Student LPI Observer (anonymously completed by others chosen by you) making it a comprehensive look at the frequency with which you engage in The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. The thirty-item assessment measures the frequency of specific leadership behaviours on a five-point scale, and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
These leadership opportunities require a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week, divided roughly as follows:
The objectives of The Art of Leadership: Mentorship will be attained through an understanding of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership, as identified in the The Student Leadership Challenge (Kouzes & Posner, 2014). The 5 practices are:
Mentors should have a positive attitude and be students in good academic standing. The key characteristics of successful leaders and mentors are:
The program is intended for upper-year students (any program) who wish to ...
The application process for becoming a mentor is easy. Fill out the online application form, click submit, and you're done! Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted as soon as a decision has been made.
During my time as a mentor I learned a lot about how to lead change. The experience was so fulfilling and rewarding. Working with MELD students, I was afforded the opportunity to see real change over the course of a semester as the students worked tirelessly to improve their English language skills. It was wonderful to see the impact my mentorship made on the students I worked with.
The Humanities’ leadership and mentorship program gives university students the confidence they need to succeed in the the world. Whether it is a great job, a graduate studies program or life in general, the leadership and mentorship skills that students develop in this program are not only useful, but essential.
The mentorship program is an invaluable experience for both the mentors and their mentees. The opportunity to offer guidance and support to international students coming to McMaster University on both academic and extra-curricular levels is something that I am proud to have been a part of. What was truly unique about the program was that it offered its mentors a chance to enrich their leadership skills and abilities through the teachings of dedicated and knowledgeable instructors - a unique course offering unlike anything I have ever taken.
I signed up for Leadership: The Art of Mentorship because I was interested in helping MELD students improve their written and conversational English, learn to navigate the university system, and understand where to get help when they needed it. Over the course of my mentee meetings, I had the chance to apply many of the leadership skills I learned in class. One of the most valuable lessons I took away was that good leaders frame interactions with gratitude.
This mentorship experience allowed me to learn so much about myself, which contributed to my overall growth as a person. The emotional intelligence lectures, discussions and activities helped me to identify the personal qualities that made me a better mentor and leader. For instance, I actively pursued the reflective leadership practice, writing frequent reflections about the mentorship experience, and tracking my short and long-term goals; not only do I have a written record of events, but I am now able to better understand the role that my emotions play in how I view those goals and how I interact with others.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the leadership/ mentorship program, or the application process, please contact Ms Claudia Huelgas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms Huelgas’ office is GH 106, and her extension is 23718.