Peer Mentoring Sessions

Title: Peer Mentoring I (75 minutes)

  1. As a large group, outline the process and benefits of the peer mentoring experience.
  2. Within small peer mentoring groups: obtain skills to provide a brief personal oral history and detail current professional roles.
  3. Articulate and enhance the development of an individualized learning plan to address and attain success in the leadership challenge.
  4. Gain skills in effective presentation of the oral history and leadership skills and facilitation techniques to enhance the presentations of others.

This first of four peer mentoring sessions will begin with a large group overview of the process and benefits of the peer mentoring experience (15 minutes) . Participants will receive information on the topic in order to help them to be active participants and benefit most powerfully from subsequent sessions. Following the introduction, participants will break into their smaller peer mentoring groups within which they will continue to work for the remainder of the meeting. Work in these small groups will include individual introductions that will detail a brief oral history and a description of their current professional roles. Participants will then articulate their individual leadership challenges. Remaining time will focus on the first steps in the development of a plan to address the leadership challenge. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and develop their presentation skills and also benefit from learning facilitation techniques designed to enhance the individualized leadership plans of their peers. Homework, will include further development of individual leadership plans.

Title: Peer Mentoring II (Breakfast session) (75 minutes)

  1. Further clarify a personal leadership challenge that is central to their individualized leadership plan
  2. Develop this individualized leadership plan with feedback from peers
  3. Define desired process, outcomes and timelines for each individualized leadership plan
  4. Modify individualized leadership plans based on peer feedback

Participants in this session will continue work within their facilitated peer mentoring group. Participants will divide into groups of 3 (work with 2 peers) with the opportunity for each participant to describe their leadership challenge and individualized leadership plan in greater detail. Each presentation will be limited to 5 minutes per participant, will include a concise presentation of the challenge; an inventory of potential resources; a description of potential barriers to successful implementation of the plan; a detailed outline of the steps and timeline needed to achieve the plan. The initial presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of feedback and discussion with the two peers with the goals of strengthening the proposal and empowering each individual. Hence, 20 minutes per participant (5 minute presentations, 15 minutes of feedback, discussion ) will equal 60 minutes. The remaining 15 minutes will include group discussion of critical lessons learned and also an opportunity to ask questions of the larger group for further input. Homework assignment: Create a 5 minute executive summary to be presented to the chair of their department or other senior leader.

Title: Peer Mentoring III (75 minutes)

  1. Describe necessary components for a 5 minute executive summary
    • Rationale for need and change
    • Description of vision
    • Concise summary of project
      • Domain
      • Scope
      • Timeline
      • Outcomes or evaluation of success
    • Needed skills or additional training required to make the change
  2. List potential questions regarding funding, strategies, partnerships
  3. Reflect on the feedback others have received and incorporate into your own presentation if applicable
  4. Identify the participant(s) who will make the presentation to the chair panel.

During this session, faculty facilitators will provide an overview of the components for a brief executive summary. Then, dividing into small groups of 3, participants will present their summary to their peer colleagues (5 minutes) with 15 minutes of feedback per presentation. The final 15 minutes will include a large group debriefing of lessons learned, major concepts of importance, and identification of the volunteers who will present to the Department Chair panel.




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