Mentoring

La Red de Apoyo Mentoring Program

Graduate Students

Are you seeking more support as an MSW student at UC Berkeley? Interested in having an alum as a mentor this academic year?

La Red de Apoyo Mentoring program offers graduate students interested in direct 1:1 support during their time at UC Berkeley the opportunity to be paired with an alum or community member working in the field of social work and/or social welfare for one academic year. As a mentee, you'll have the opportunity to connect with a social welfare practitioner who can share their experience and perspective and can provide support and encouragement for reaching your professional and academic goals. Mentors are expected to attend mentor/mentee gatherings, meet with their mentee once a month to offer support, advice, and encouragement, and remian engaged with the LCOEBH. Our mentoring program is part of a larger effort to address the shortage of Latinx practitioners in the field of social work and increase the academic and professional success of Berkeley Social Welfare’s Latinx MSW students.

We are not currently accepting new students into the program for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled as an MSW student at UC Berkeley*
  • Connect with mentor at least once per month (phone/video call or email communication) for the entire academic year (September - May)
    Attend periodic program meetings including orientation, graduate school workshops (2-3 per semester), and community building activities
  • Complete pre- and post-service surveys in a timely manner
*All first year LCOEBH scholars are required to participate as mentees in the mentorship program. As space allows, second year LCOEBH scholars and all other Latinx graduate students are able to request mentors as well. To learn more please email swlatinx@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Students

Are you considering an MSW and/or a career in social work?  Interested in having an MSW student as a mentor this academic year?

La Red de Apoyo Mentoring Program offers undergraduate students interested in learning more about social work the opportunity to be paired with current MSW students for one academic year. As a mentee, you'll have an opportunity to connect with a Latinx graduate student who can share their experience and perspective and can provide support and encouragement for reaching your academic goals. Mentors are expected to attend mentor/mentee gatherings, meet with their mentee once a month to offer support, advice, and encouragement, and remian engaged with the LCOEBH. Our mentoring program is part of a larger effort to recruit Latinx undergraduate students to Berkeley Social Welfare's MSW and Ph.D. program, with special attention to students interested in community behavioral health.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley
  • Demonstrate interest in graduate school and the social work practice
  • Connect with mentor at least once per month (phone/video call or email communication) for the entire academic year (September - May)
  • Attend periodic program meetings including orientation, graduate school workshops (2-3 per semester), and community building activities
  • Complete pre- and post- service surveys in a timely manner

*A paid summer internship in Behavioral Health with one of our partners might be available for eligible Juniors. All mentees who meet the eligibility criteria will be required to submit an application. 

Application 

Applications for La Red de Apoyo Undergraduate Mentoring Program for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed.

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