Welcome to the Professional Network!
Networking is a foundational and critical relationship in our field. It allows an opportunity to gain different perspectives, ask difficult questions, and have someone there for guidance and support. In addition to your supervisor, you can sign up to be connected with someone less experienced than you or to be connected with a professional more experienced than you to grow personally and professionally.
As professionals, we must be able to grow from our experiences and take things away we did not know before. Therefore, the Professional Foundations Committee has created three short, yet important, learning outcomes to guide our program.
Professionals (mentors and mentees) who participate in the Professional Network Program will be able to:
- Apply the interpersonal skills required of professionals who serve as a peer resource to other professionals
- Interpret best practices in the housing/residence life and how it relates to their specific experience or institution
- Analyze current issues in higher education, student affairs, and housing/residence life and how it relates to their specific experience or institution
Who can be a part of the Professional Network?
The GLACUHO Professional Foundations Committee is looking for both mentors and mentees in this program. Anyone currently working in the GLACUHO region is welcome to sign up to be to participate depending on what you are looking to gain from this experience.
For those who feel experienced in the field of Student Affairs, we encourage you to share your experience with others. Those who feel like they could learn from another professional are strongly encouraged to sign up to continue to build their professional network. In our experience, the relationship is multi-directional, and we can all learn a lot from one another, regardless of experience level or positional title.
Once I’m matched up, how will this work?
After the matching process is completed, you can form the relationship how you would like! You can e-mail, Skype, follow each other on Twitter, and even coordinate a time to meet up at a regional or national conference. Typically, mentors/mentees meet for about 1-3 hours per month, but the time commitment is largely what you want to make of it. In the past, Professional Network pairs connected most frequently by phone once a month to discuss various topics and check-in.
Each month, you will receive an e-mail with a topic and some questions to think about. These prompts and readings can serve as great timely conversation starter to aid in your professional connection. The topic will change each month based on current events or the typical housing timeline. Feel free to use the provided discussion questions or to continue down your own path with your partner.
I want in! How do I sign-up?
Please fill out the registration form below. As you sign up for this program, you will be able to describe your experiences, and what you hope to receive from this relationship. Please provide as much specific and relevant information as possible. We will use this information for matching purposes and put our best effort into creating an intentional and mutually-beneficial pairing. Once we have gathered enough responses, we will contact you via email with your ProNet match!
I have more questions. Who can help me?
We understand that each situation and person is different. If you have any questions regarding this program, please direct any questions to email@example.com. We will try to respond to you as soon as we can!