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 are paired by our matching committee based on their interests and experience. Our matching committee proposes a protégé for each mentor; that suggestion can be accepted or declined by the mentor. After matching, a social gathering allows mentors and proteges to begin building their mentoring relationship.
The program is facilitated by a small but fierce group of women leaders on campus.
What Mentoring Looks Like
The scope of the mentoring relationship will be mutually determined by those in each pair; we suggest meeting at least one hour per month. Mentors and protégés outline their commitments to the relationship in the Mentor & Protégé Agreement. Though the commitment is relatively simple (approximately four hours per semester), we invite you to take the relationship seriously, prioritizing time together, and spending the time well. For both mentors and protégés, this means being purposeful about what you'd like to get out of the relationship, communicating, and planning together.
WM2 also offers optional enrichment opportunities for all pairs to come together, learn, and socialize.
How Can I Get Involved?
You may sign up to be a a mentor or protégé candidate for the program during our recruitment periods (spring for mentors, early fall for protégés). Note that graduate students may be either mentors or protégés.