“Mentoring is a hard word for people,” Kristi observed. “We have found on our campus that sometimes [the word] ‘mentoring’ resonates with an older and a more senior audience, and means something completely different to a student. So we’ve had to be really kind of careful and cautious of how we talk about mentoring on campus.”
In response to that feedback, KU Connect was designed for short-term networking. Current students and alumni meet virtually for a one-time connection—typically over a call or email—whenever the need arises. Participants can find connections using criteria like Location, Major(s), Industries, Clubs, Military Affiliation, etc. The program is available to all upper- and lower-classmen year-round.
The KU Business Mentoring Program brings together current KU Business students and alumni to participate in a guided, structured mentor-mentee relationship. Mentees have the ability to browse available mentors and mark individuals as “Favorite.” That preference is then taken into consideration when the program administrator conducts the matching process.
“We want to allow our students the opportunity to connect with alumni, because we know that career paths are not linear,” Kristi said. “So by promoting PeopleGrove to all of our students and all of our alumni, we’ve been able to scale our mentoring network across campus and beyond the business school where we originally started.”