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The Beach Mentor Program

ADVANCING INCLUSIVE MENTORING PROGRAM 

The CSULB Beach Mentor Program  

The Beach Mentor Program is part of a larger mentor training program, Advancing Inclusive Mentoring (AIM), developed at California State University Long Beach as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative.  The overarching goals of AIM are to provide a variety of engaging training resources for faculty and staff members at CSULB to promote student success through positive and inclusive mentoring.  Because student involvement in high impact practices such as internships, service-learning, and research, scholarly, and creative activities boost student success – particularly when associated with strong mentorship, learning the best practices for mentoring is a critical component of facilitating student success.  The Beach Mentor Program works towards that goal by providing a learning experience where mentors refresh and reaffirm inclusive mentoring practices.  The program includes videos featuring faculty and staff members from around the campus who share tips and ideas on best practices in mentoring, along with re-enactments (actors and animation scenes) of student/professor scenarios that are based on real mentoring stories collected from the CSULB campus community.  The Beach Mentor Program shares key mentoring practices that, when used by CSULB faculty and staff members, can help students on our campus feel welcomed, empowered, supported- and geared for success! 

Program Format: 

The Beach Mentor modules are structured to meet key learning outcomes and include:  Communicating with your Mentee; Inclusive Mentoring; Cultivating Mentee Growth & Development; Facilitating Mentee Health & Wellbeing; Mentee-Centered Mentoring; and a Mentoring Toolbox. These modules not only cover critical topics such as social justice mentoring and issues of equity, combating discrimination and culturally aware mentoring, they also help to define the broad role(s) of a mentor. In addition to the videos, Beach Mentor ‘Top Tips’ handouts are available for each episode. There are two formats for the program: the Beach Mentor Community with facilitated discussion and the self-paced online-only Beach Mentor core program.  

The Beach Mentor core program Includes: 

  • Access to all six modules of the Beach Mentor Online Program  

With the completion of all six self-paced Beach Mentor modules/quizzes, participants receive: 

  • A certificate of completion for mentor training (useful for grant proposals, demonstration of professional development). 
  • ‘Beach Mentor’ status (special consideration for selected Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) award applications). 
  • A Beach Mentor door decal. 

The Beach Mentor Community Includes: 

  • Access to all six modules of the Beach Mentor Online Program 
  • Invitation to six facilitated discussion group sessions with Beach Mentor Community members  

With the completion of all six self-paced Beach Mentor modules/quizzes, and participation in all six facilitated discussion sessions, participants receive: 

  • A certificate of completion for mentor training (useful for grant proposals, demonstration of professional development). 
  • A certificate of completion for the facilitated discussion sessions of the Beach Mentor Community. 
  • ‘Beach Mentor’ status (special consideration for selected Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) award applications). 
  • A Beach Mentor door decal. 
  • A Beach Mentor lapel pin. 
  • Invitations to Beach Mentor Community events.  

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