2010 Diversity Mentoring Initiative

U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors ::2010 Diversity Mentoring Initiative


The USGBC Board of Directors has established this Diversity Mentoring Initiative (DMI) to encourage and support undergraduate and graduate students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to pursue studies followed by careers in fields related to sustainability.  This initiative is structured to provide high-level mentoring for students by members of the USGBC Board of Directors, former board members, and its chapters’ Boards of Directors.

The Initiative:

Mentees who are studying in the field of sustainability will be selected from U.S. colleges and universities and will be matched with board members based on geographic location and on areas of professional interest. The intent of the initiative is as follows:
1. Mentors will meet with mentees regularly over a twelve month period to assist the mentee to prepare for a professional career in sustainability.  The preparation will be customized to meet the needs of each individual mentee and might include a review of the mentee’s academic work and discussions about their professional aspirations, as well as assistance with developing resumes and portfolio collateral.
2. Mentors will meet with mentees in professional settings and will provide access for the mentee to meet with colleagues in their own companies and other organizations, will highlight sustainability lectures and other events that may be relevant to the mentee’s area of study. 
3. Mentors will provide information where available for potential apprenticeship opportunities.
4. Mentors will encourage mentees to become “spokespeople” for this initiative at local USGBC events and in other appropriate forums.
5. Eight (8) of the mentees that are selected to participate in the DMI will be offered scholarships to the USGBC Greenbuild 2010 conference to be held in Chicago, November 17-19, 2010. 


Interested students should complete the attached Mentee Application form and send to Ann Archino Howe at sustainabledesign@maine.rr.com.  The Application form should be sent as an attachment to an e-mail with "DMI Application" in the subject line.