Please complete MENTOR PROFILE to sign-up as an OISE Mentor.
August 6, 2015
OISE Mentorship Program Launch

Your OISE Mentorship Committee is looking for dedicated professionals from a variety of industries to volunteer as Mentors for the OISE Mentorship Program. 


Building on the OISE tradition of networking and philanthropy, we are pleased to officially announce our call for Mentors. Consider the following questions:
  • Do you enjoy sharing your expertise and experience with passionate individuals interested in a similar career path?
  • Are you looking for a way to give back to OISE and stay connected?
  • Have you moved away from Toronto, but wish to discuss your research, career, general interests or experiences with those currently enrolled at our Institute?
  • Would you like the chance to assist students who are preparing to enter the private or public sector?

As a member of our Mentor and Mentee Team (the "M&Ms"), you can provide insights related to the areas mentioned above and many more. The M&M team will work together from September 2015 until April 2016, during which time you are expected to meet or contact your Mentee(s) at least four times. These learning partnerships are exciting and convenient ways to remain involved with your alma mater.   


Thank you in advance for your participation.



Ashley R. Yoannou, HBA, MT, OCT
Chair, OISE Mentorship Program
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
Mentor Role At-A-Glance
  • Provide support to 1-3 current students (Mentees) maximum.
  • Meet a minimum of 4 times a year either in person, via Skype, telephone and/or email communication.*
  • Offer career-appropriate suggestions based on your life and professional experiences.
  • Share tips and stories from your time at OISE that can benefit a Mentee(s).
*You are not obligated to meet your Mentee(s) in person. Use of technology is encouraged for your convenience, especially for our internationally based alumni.
How does the program work?
Our Mentorship Committee will match you with a Mentee based on the criteria you outline in your Mentor Profile. To qualify for the program, your Mentee will be either a part-time or full-time student enrolled in an OISE degree program. We will send your name and email address to your Mentee, who is then responsible for initiating contact.

Why become a Mentor?
At OISE, we promote the exploration of different fields and industries in which our graduates can make contributions. Ranging from positions in government and health care, to classrooms and boardrooms, our 100,000 alumni have distinguished themselves around the world. Our students are encouraged by faculty to interrogate concepts, unpack ideas that are part of dominant narratives and express innovative ideas that inject fresh perspectives into established programs. To date, while our students have charted these paths under the tutelage of our faculty and staff, we recognize that both our alumni and student populations can further benefit from a partnership. Our objective is to bring our OISE family into a conversation that spans generations, professions, provinces and countries.

Whether you had an informal mentor while attending OISE, or now find yourself reflecting on how beneficial a mentor would have been during your time with us, our Committee believes that it is part of our responsibility as world-class educators to nurture up-and-coming professionals and scholars. Becoming a Mentor is becoming a partner to support someone along their educational journey. As politician John C. Crosby said, "Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." Many of our Mentees want to hear from someone who has gone through what they are currently experiencing. Who better to consult than our alumni? By advising and encouraging current OISE students, you can once again participate in an exchange of ideas to enhance both your knowledge as well as your curriculum vitae.
How can I make a difference?
In his national best-selling book, The Success Principles, Jack Canfield outlines the importance of finding sources of inspiration, articulating specific personal goals and maintaining an open mind. As we were reminded at our Spring Reunion celebrations last year, OISE has been a place where individuals discover what inspires them and, perhaps more importantly, where they gain enriching instruction and theoretical background to inform preliminary understandings of career options. The transferable skill sets developed by our alumni have carried them to all corners of the globe, and to a myriad of professions. It is not uncommon for us to converse with alumni who entered OISE's doors thinking they were going to pursue only one area of study, but ended up contributing to other industries. These are the experiences and expertise we want you to share.
In his chapter on risk taking and stepping out of one's comfort zone, Canfield states: "History is filled with examples of incredible riches and astounding benefits people have received simply by asking for them. Yet surprisingly, asking - one of the most powerful success principles of all - is still a challenge that holds most people back." Asking for help, asking for guidance and asking questions are not always simple acts. Our goal is to nurture students and allow them to explore options, while providing the chance for our alumni to continue benefiting from OISE programming. It is in the spirit of fellowship that we announce our inaugural OISE Mentorship Program, and ask for your support with this initiative.
I want to be a Mentor! How do I get involved?

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for the upcoming academic year (September 8, 2015 - April 29, 2016), please complete the online Mentor Profile.

The deadline for all profile submissions is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
OISE Mentorship Program Launch
We are hosting an official launch of this year's Mentorship Program on August 6th in the Nexus Lounge at OISE. You may use this evening to meet your Mentee(s) for the first time, or it can be an opportunity to learn more about the program in person. Either way, we hope you will celebrate with us. A formal invitation will be sent in early summer.
Please direct Mentorship Program inquiries to You can also find us on Facebook at " OISE Mentorship Program ".

OISE Mentorship Committee invites you to attend
2015 Alumni Spring Reunion  
May 29, 2015 
5:00pm - 9:30 pm 
OISE Nexus Lounge
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Join OISE Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends for an educational and inspiring celebration of arts and talents, over great food, drinks and stimulating conversation. Many great raffle prizes to be won.    

Registration and more information:
OISE Alumni Reception at CSSE
June 2, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30 pm 
Cafe Ecolo (Lamoureux Hall) 
University of Ottawa 
This event offers you an opportunity to connect and network with alumni, faculty, students and friends. Our esteemed alumni ambassadors are looking forward to welcoming you.  

Registration and more information:
Contact Us
OISE Mentorship Program
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1V6