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OISE Mentorship Program for Students 

Connecting you with diverse and experienced alumni. 

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Become a mentee to connect with alumni in your field and build your network

As an OISE student, you will automatically receive an email invitation every September to participate in the OISE Mentorship Program. 

Program features in 2020-2021

  • Be matched with alumni in your field

  • Meet once a month from October to March online

  • Opportunity to discuss shared interests and experiences

  • Virtual launch event, workshops and exclusive webinars (photos)

Once signed up, you will be invited to an interactive virtual launch event in early Fall and instructed to connect with your mentor digitally on your own terms.

While your mentorship journey is self-directed, we're always here to provide support.

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25+ unique things about our participants

New in 2020

To help keep our community safe, this year's program will operate virtually!

We will not be hosting any gatherings at OISE until it is safe to do so. Participants will be expected to connect digitally or on your own terms prior to our interactive welcome webinar and once a month from October to March.


1) It's an International Experience  

This is an international mentorship program, so participants may be located in Toronto, across Canada or around the world.

2) Ways to Connect

Online communication can be a convenient way for mentors and mentees to connect. Email, Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts or a phone call are just some of the ways you can connect digitally.  

Create a U of T Ten Thousand Coffees profile to easily connect and share with your OISE mentor online.

3) Meeting Your Match 

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, chat and collaborate often! We provide a fun opportunity to meet your match and other alumni and students at the annual launch event, which will be held virtually in 2020. 

OISE boasts many great spots for your meetups (OISE Library or Nexus Lounge, anyone?), so does the U of T campus and its surrounding cafes and parks (Philosopher's Walk is one hidden gem).*

*Currently, the OISE Building has restricted access.


4) Get Guidance and Support

Mentees are encouraged to take advantage of workshops and services offered by U of T Career Exploration & Education including: Resume review, interview preparation, job shadowing, and career fairs. To sign up for these services, visit clnx.utoronto.ca.

U of T students have free access to LinkedIn Learning. Find online training and tutorials in:

  • Characteristics of a successful mentee
  • Building confidence as a mentee
  • Building trust with your mentor
  • and more!

Upcoming Program Events

Fall Mentorship Cafes

Virtual Coffee with Diana & Friends
Wednesday, October 21
11:00 a.m. EST (1 hour)


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Join PhD student Diana Burchell, Chair of the alumni-student advisory committee, for an informal virtual chat with mentors and mentees over coffee.

Share your professional stories, what led you to your career or field of study, and some of the goals you're working on today. Get insights and advice from your peers in the program.


Virtual Coffee with Cindy & Friends
Thursday, November 12
4:00 p.m. EST (1 hour)


cindy sinclair

Meet mentor Dr. Cindy Sinclair, Immediate Past President of the OISE Alumni Association, chat virtually and swap your favourite mentorship stories.

Cindy is a proud two-time OISE graduate and former staff at the Institute for 30+ years. She is an educator, researcher and global education strategist.


*RSVP details will be sent to current participants via email.


Skill-building Opportunities


Deep Networking with Sandra Kahale
Tuesday, October 27
6:00 p.m. EST (90 minutes)


sandra kahaleIn a supportive, peer-to-peer environment, OISE mentors & mentees will have the opportunity to take their mentorship connections further! Connect deeply, get nourished and re-energize at this highly interactive webinar created by entrepreneur-extraordinaire Sandra Kahale of OnWord Consulting. You will speak with other alumni and students in the program and learn new networking skills as we illuminate your unique journeys at OISE and beyond. 


Mastering Your Soft Skills: Professional Communication
Wednesday, November 18
4:00 p.m. EST (1 hour)


diana burchell

In this session, former educator and researcher Diana Burchell, Chair of the alumni-student advisory committee, will teach you how to master your soft skills. You will learn what your soft skills are and how to tap into them for professional networking. Enhance your communication style to help reach your goals and become an effective networker. Both mentors & mentees are welcome to attend.

*RSVP details will be sent to current participants via email.


Applications are now closed

The OISE Mentorship Program is now full. We hope you will join us for the next program in September 2021.

Signing up is a commitment. Before signing up, consider your availability over your Fall and Winter terms. Applicants must commit to six (6) online meetings with their mentor. Questions? Contact us.

I signed up! What now? 

We have finalized this year's matches. Please check your inbox or junk folder for the name of your new alumni mentor. View the welcome package.

Join us at upcoming program events! This fall, you're invited to mingle and develop your professional skills with fellow participants. Learn more



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