Welcome to the Pathways Mentoring Program
Pathways, Amherst College’s alumni-student mentoring program, provides an opportunity for students and alumni to engage in a mentor-mentee partnership. The mission of the program is to foster a culture of mentoring at Amherst that:
- Connects students with alumni mentors through a structured framework encouraging productive conversations around academic, professional, and life goals.
- Empowers alumni mentors to engage students in critical thinking that is reflective and strategic.
- Offers opportunities for alumni to build mentoring skills.
At Amherst, we define mentoring as:
"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." - John C. Crosby (1859-1943), American Politician
A learning partnership where a more experienced mentor draws upon his or her knowledge, skill set, and perspective to provide guidance and feedback while facilitating the personal growth and development of a less experienced mentee. A mentee takes an active role and responsibility for his or her own learning and development and a mentor facilitates that growth by asking thought-provoking questions that help a student to reflect on his or her experiences. The intended outcome is that a student gains greater assistance with making strategic and informed decisions regarding his or her academic and professional life.