UC Davis Group Mentoring Program

Advance your professional development goals at UC Davis with the support of a mentor and co-mentees

Our UC Davis community has consistently expressed interest in mentoring as a professional development tool, as recently captured by our 2020 and 2022 Staff Experience Survey. 

This 6-month professional development experience, running July to December annually, pairs mentors with small groups of mentees made up of staff from across UC Davis and UC Davis Health. Our virtual program includes a combination of large group as well as small group mentoring meetings. Participants are able to expand and strengthen their networks and knowledge of the organization, while working on professional development topics.

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Program Goals 

  • Experience mentorship through large and small group events
  • Advance professional development goals with the support of a mentor and co-mentees
  • Make valuable connections with leaders and colleagues across UC Davis and UC Davis Health

Components and Timeline

The time commitment is approximately 20 hours of programming over six months, with additional pre-meeting planning and activities. Please note that the 2022 program is completely virtual.

  • June 10, 2022: Last day to submit applications
  • June 27, 2022: Applicants will be notified of status
  • July 7, 2:30-4pm, 2022: Mentor Orientation (mentors only)
  • July 19, 9am-12pm, 2022: Opening Session + first small group mentoring meeting
  • Oct 18, 1-3pm, 2022: StrengthsFinder Workshop 
  • Dec 13, 9-11am, 2022: Closing Session
  • Five small group mentoring meetings, August to December, dates and times to be determined by your small group

Expectations and Eligibility

All participants agree to (1) hold mentorship conversations confidential and (2) abide by the Principles of Community to “build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect and caring” within the program.


Eligibility: Staff at UC Davis or UC Davis Health.

  • Attend the three large group events
  • Attend five small group mentoring meetings and participate in discussions
  • Complete agreed-upon professional development activities ahead of group meetings


Eligibility: Career staff, at least one year of experience at UC Davis or UC Davis Health. Experienced leader, manager, or professional.

  • Attend Mentor Orientation
  • Attend the three large group events
  • Schedule and facilitate five small group mentoring meetings (suggested curriculum provided)


Applications have closed for the 2022 Group Mentoring Program. A call for mentor and mentee applications for next year's program will take place in spring 2023. For questions, please write hr-learning@ucdavis.edu


Additional Mentoring Programs

Mentoring is important at UC Davis and UC Davis Health.

Learn more about other mentoring opportunities for employees across UC Davis and UC Davis Health.

Looking to design a new mentoring program in your division or school? Write L&D Interim Lead, Annalisa Teixeira, at ateixeira@ucdavis.edu to arrange a consultation.