William & Mary Women’s Mentoring program, or WM2, connects student protégés with faculty, staff and graduate student mentors to support the flourishing of women on campus and beyond.
WM2 is a grass-roots initiative which supports mentoring relationships between women at William & Mary. Potential mentors and protégés gather at a kick-off matching event in mid-September (required for protégés, strongly encouraged for mentors). During that event, mentor and protégé candidates get to know each other, and later are matched based on information about each participant’s interests and availability. Our matching committee will then propose a protégé for each mentor; that suggestion can be accepted or declined by the mentor.
The scope of the mentoring relationship will be mutually determined by those in each pair, with support offered by our committee. We suggest meeting at least one hour per month. Mentors and protégés outline their commitments to the relationship in the Mentor & Protégé Agreement. Twice per semester, WM2 also offers optional enrichment opportunities for all mentor-protégé pairs to come together, learn, and socialize. Note that graduate students may be either mentors or protégés.
The program is facilitated by a small but fierce group of women leaders on campus.