Program mentors are leaders of schools of public service who are committed to addressing structural racism and the goals of the program. Recently retired or former leaders of schools of public service are also eligible to mentor. Associate deans may be invited to mentor on specific topics of expertise and may join the directory of mentors on a case-by-case basis.
Mentors are thoughtful, passionate about mentoring, and eager to take part in practices that are welcoming and invite a broader range of people to the venues where leaders typically engage. Training is developed for mentors including sharing best practices and helpful readings to sharpen their mentorship skills.
In the pilot year, working group co-chairs solicited nominations and invited mentors to participate with special attention paid to diverse representation across a variety of dimensions including race and ethnicity, expertise, professional experience, and geography.