Fostering student-alumni connections through mentorship

Submitted by Madison Girard on

Navigating academics and what to do after graduation can be a daunting task for many college students. Having a support system is incredibly important for student resilience in the face of stress and major decisions that come along with it.  

The Economics Undergraduate Mentorship Program connects a dedicated group of our students with volunteer mentors for a six month-long mentorship experience. The program recently celebrated its 2023-2024 academic year kickoff on January 4th, welcoming 44 mentors and 52 mentees into this year’s cohort. This was the first time many mentees met their mentors in person, and all participants were able to connect with other members of the program through networking activities.  

Each mentor-mentee pairing is unique. Mentors and mentees are matched based on multiple factors, including professional interests and mentee goals. This year, we piloted the use of UW Alumni Association’s (UWAA) Husky Landing platform, a LinkedIn-style networking site for members of the UW community. Husky Landing is a powerful tool for University programs and students alike, and we encourage our students to sign up and make the most of its many features.  

Our mentors, many of whom are alumni, have the chance to make a difference in the lives of Huskies through volunteering with this program. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the 2024-2025 academic year, contact us at