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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Diversity and Inclusion

Mentoring Programs

Mentor Mixer

Our office sponsors mentoring programs to facilitate connections between students, faculty, and residents that will foster career explorations and development, mentorship, scholarship, and collegiality.

Get Involved

Our program is structured to be most successful when the mentor and mentee have shared interests and are fully invested in the mentoring relationship. We encourage exploration to make the right connection.


Students interested in participating will select potential mentors from the profile list available in our office and set up initial meetings and/or shadowing. In order to find optimal matches, students are encouraged to continue exploring fields and mentors through shadowing, lab visits, etc.

When a student and mentor agree to work together, the student must update the mentor's profile page in our office to indicate that a mentee match is made.

Mentoring Events

Mentoring Mixers

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will facilitate mentor mixer events three times a year in early fall, winter, and spring. All mentors from the profile book, as well as those who have not yet enlisted, will be invited. Minority housestaff and minority students will also be invited to attend. The events will serve as social gatherings fostering community, high-yield opportunities to meet mentors and mentees, as well as celebrations of holidays and graduation.

Breakfast with a Mentor

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; this one could be important to your career and personal development! Students schedule the time and date (either at the beginning or end of the academic year), as well as a place on or within walking distance of campus. Each mentor/student pair will be allotted up to $30 total for their meeting.

Reimbursement Instructions

  1. Student selects a mentor from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Mentor Book and schedules the breakfast. Mentors not listed in the book must be cleared in advance with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  2. Student then informs the office of his/her chosen date to meet with the mentor and sets up reimbursement and funds logistics with the office.
  3. Student has breakfast with the mentor and obtains an itemized receipt at the end of the meal.
  4. Student brings the receipt to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for reimbursement processing and fills out an evaluation form about their experience.

Contact Us

For more information about the mentoring program, please contact us.