Anyone can be a mentor and you may, without knowing it, indirectly mentor people at work or during your personal life. You may also be part of a current mentoring or reverse mentoring scheme.
Mentoring can be challenging and needs to be structured, organised and built on mutual trust and respect to make a valuable impact. Expectations and boundaries need to be managed on both sides and clear goals and objectives need to be set to maintain momentum and motivation.
Diversity mentoring has greater challenges than traditional mentoring schemes. As diversity mentoring aims to level the playing field, mentors are more likely to have conversations they haven’t had before in challenging subject areas. The mentees will have likely faced greater adversity and will need strategic and focused support from their mentor to help them tackle outcomes and goals. Mentors will need to flex their mentoring approach and communication style and reflect on their leadership and management style throughout.
To be an effective diversity mentor you will need to appreciate difference, build the ability to see things from a different point of view and maintain momentum and motivation throughout. If done effectively, diversity mentoring can harnesses the people in an organisation to learn, grow and develop together to help build a positive and inclusive work environment.
The course will help participants build the skills they need to become effective diversity mentor. They will reflect on their mentoring ability and learn how to make diversity mentoring relationships work.
The course will cover these main areas -
During the course you will also hear from previous mentors and reverse mentors who have been part of diversity mentoring either as part of the Disability Connect Reverse Mentoring Scheme or externally.
The course will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams and take place over a half day period. The course is interactive and taught via workshop style activities, presentation and group work.
Please contact email@example.com for more information and how to book. The Disability Connect Mentoring Scheme operates as a not-for-profit and social enterprise organisation.