NIRSA Mentor/Mentee Program

Get connected with a NIRSA Professional Member in your area of interest

Learn what it takes to be successful in collegiate recreation.

As students and young professionals, most of us have outstanding mentors who challenge, nurture, and encourage our career paths. In short, they help us push our boundaries.

Why not converse with a mentor outside of your inner circle? Connecting with someone who has different experiences and a different perspective can be a valuable advantage in growing as a professional? Individuals in collegiate recreation often make the most of opportunities to be a graduate assistant or professional expanding your horizons.

That’s part of what makes our community so great.

The NIRSA Member Network’s objectives with this program

  • Provide both students and professionals development opportunities with individuals from different institutions
  • Increase participants’ confidence when interacting with people outside of their inner circle

  • Encourage participants to challenge, explore, and achieve new goals to develop as a professional within NIRSA and on their campuses

As our profession’s members experience different places, cultures, and backgrounds, it’s important to start connecting with our larger community — the one beyond our own campuses. Whether you’re a student just entering the field, a young professional wanting to broaden your network, or an established professional who wants to learn new issues and trends with a young professional, we want all pairings to enhance the NIRSA community.

“Without consistent, effective, genuine, and overall fun mentorship, I wouldn’t know what path would lead me to my ultimate goal and overall happiness on this crazy road map of life.”

— Kimmi Sterner, Mentee

“Mentoring is about building authentic relationships. The ability to connect on both a professional and personal level enhances this overall experience.”

— Stan Shingles, Mentor

How the NIRSA Mentor/Mentee Program works

  1. Submit an application as a Mentor or Mentee
  2. You will receive a confirmation email from a Member Network Committee Member shortly after your application is received. During the academic year, it takes approximately two weeks to create a pairing; we appreciate your patience with this process.
  3. Both parties will be notified once they are paired. The short biography included in your application will be sent to your mentor/mentee.
  4. Each mentor and mentee will receive an email the first week of each month to help facilitate a discussion — a “Triple Play.” These emails look different depending on if you’re a mentor or a mentee.
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Ways to Use the “Triple Play”

  1. Regularly scheduled video calls are a great way to develop a relationship
  2. Activities and discussion can be created organically — the “Triple Play” is one of many aids to guide discussions

“Our weekly FaceTime discussions have been filled with so much passion for campus recreation and fitness! We will go into each discussion with a topic or even an agenda, but our love for what we do takes us on tangents through sharing personal inspirational stories, difficult conversations and talking through career paths. I’m always impressed by Angie’s enthusiasm to learn and also grateful for what she has taught me! I feel very fortunate to have been paired up through NIRSA’s Mentor Program.”

— Jessica Grah, Mentor

“Each week I look forward to Skyping with my mentor. We both are excited about sharing our experiences with each other and continue to learn from one another each time we talk. Having a mentor who has experienced the world of campus recreation and shares her great insight in a wide range of expertise has inspired me to pursue further goals with greater confidence. I am so thankful for her support and highly recommend becoming apart of the NIRSA Mentor Program.”

— Angie Isernio, Mentee

Spread the word!

Please help us notify student and professional members about this professional development opportunity. Know a professional who would make a great mentor? We want to know about them, too.

For more information, please contact NIRSA Research.

Update: Results for the NIRSA Salary Census are now available!
Please note that the full set of filters will not be available until a greater level of participation has been reached. Please encourage your colleagues to participate!

To participate, a current NIRSA profile is needed. To create a NIRSA profile, please click here. Please note that the link to the Salary Calculator will be removed Jan 1, 2018. For more information on the NIRSA Salary Census, please contact nirsa.research@nirsa.org.

Get connected with a NIRSA Professional Member in your area of interest

Learn what it takes to be successful in collegiate recreation. As students, most of us have outstanding mentors with challenge, nurture, and encourage our career paths. In short, they help us push our boundaries. Why not converse with a mentor outside of your inner circle? Connecting with someone who has different experiences and a different perspective can be a valuable advantage in growing as a professional? Individuals in collegiate recreation often make the most of opportunities to be a graduate assistant or professional far away from where they went to college. That’s part of what makes our community so great.

As our profession’s members experience different places, cultures, and backgrounds, it’s important to start connecting with our larger community, beyond our own campuses.

Here’s how the NIRSA Mentor Program works:

  1. Feel free to contact the NIRSA Student Leader for more information.
  2. Both parties will be notified once they are paired. The short biography included in your application will be sent to your mentor/mentee.
  3. The pair will receive a list of activities they can choose from.
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Spread the word! Please help us notify student members and nonmembers about this professional development opportunity. Know a professional who would make a great mentor? We want to know about them, too.

The Student Leadership Team’s objectives with this program are to:

  • Provide professional development opportunities with individuals from different institutions
  • Increase participants’ confidence when interacting with people of different ages
  • Encourage participants to challenge, explore, and achieve new goals