Underrepresented Students in Sustainability Mentoring Program

Underrepresented Students in Sustainability Mentoring Program

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The Underrepresented Students in Sustainability (USS) Mentoring Program is designed to make mentoring opportunities more accessible to undergraduates from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds exploring careers in sustainability & the environment.

Underrepresented Students in Sustainability (USS)

Students at the University of Iowa proposed USS as a resource for underrepresented students interested in environmental sustainability. USS will connect students with qualified mentors interested in providing guidance and advocacy for the next generation of leaders in the field. USS has three primary goals:

Bridging the gap between underrepresented students and qualified professionals who share an interest in environmental sustainability.

Offering a support system and increasing retention for underrepresented students in sustainability-oriented fields.

Preparing underrepresented students to join the next generation of leaders in sustainability & the environment.


For Students 

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Be a currently enrolled student at the University of Iowa

Minimum GPA of 2.5*

*Students with a GPA below 2.5 are encouraged to apply and may submit a short explanation of their circumstances.

Preference will be given to students who:

Identify with a group that is underrepresented in environmental sustainability.

Come from economically, geographically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

Have demonstrated interest in environmental justice and working with underserved populations.

Apply to be a USS Mentee!

Fall 2021 application deadline is Sunday, September 19.


For Mentors 

Mentoring Guidelines

All professors with expertise in environmental sustainability are encouraged to join the program.

Mentors are required to meet with their students for an hour (at least) once a month.

At meetings, mentors and students are encouraged to discuss their experiences, goals, and future plans. Mentors should keep in mind the goals of USS: aiming to build relationships, to offer a system of support, and to prepare students for the future.

Sign up to be a USS Mentor!

Fall 2021 application deadline is Sunday, September 19.


Program Schedule

September

  • Application deadline ends (September 19)
  • Mentors and mentees paired and introduced by OSE staff (late September)
  • Reception event for mentors and mentees to meet (late September)

October

  • Mentor and mentee workshops to maximize the program experience for both parties (early October)
  • OSE check-in with program participants via email (late October)
  • Mentor/mentee meet at least once (anytime)

November

  • Optional career workshop for mentees (early November)
  • Mentor/mentee meet at least once (anytime)

December

  • Winter break begins (December 18)
  • Mentor/mentee meet (anytime)

January

  • Winter break ends (January 18)
  • Reception event for mentors and mentees to reconnect for spring semester (late January)
  • Mentor/mentee meet (anytime)

February

  • Optional mentee event/workshop (late February)
  • Mentor/mentee meet (anytime)

March

  • Optional sustainability career forum (mid March)
  • OSE check-in with program participants via email (mid March)
  • Optional "One Sustainable Iowa" student conference (late March)
  • Mentor/mentee meet at least once (anytime)

April

  • Reception event for mentors and mentees to celebrate end of semester (late April)
  • Complete feedback survey (late April)
  • Mentor/mentee meet (anytime)

 


 USS Program