Mentorship Program

The BSA Mentorship Program is a volunteer program, coordinated by the Career Development Committee (CDC), that pairs experienced campus staff members (mentors) with staff who are looking to develop themselves professionally (mentees). Participants have the opportunity to build connections, explore challenges, and better understand the Berkeley organizational culture.


The 2019 cycle runs from September 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020.


The Mentorship Program strives to include a wide range of participants from Berkeley’s diverse staff. If you are interested in participating but are currently ineligible, please contact us so that we can refer you to helpful mentorship resources!

Mentees should be motivated to pursue professional development, have at least one year of Berkeley campus experience as either a contract or career employee, and be at the AAII, AAIII, P1-3, S1, or Staff Research Assistant classification. Mentees can only participate in the Program once.

Mentors should be enthusiastic about contributing to the development of campus staff, have at least one year of Berkeley campus experience as either a contract or career employee, and be at the P3, M1, or S2 classification or above. Staff in the Continuing Educator classification are also eligible to participate as Mentors.

We recommend that potential mentees and mentors consult their department HR Partner to confirm their job classification prior to applying to the program.  You may also visit Berkeley Human Resources: Job Classifications for a general description of career categories & levels. To view descriptions of specific job standards, please visit the Berkeley Job Builder tool (link is external).


Mentors are identified by their colleagues through a campus-wide nomination process.

  • Mentees apply to participate in the program by the cycle deadline, and receive guidance throughout the application and matching processes.
  • The BSA Career Development Committee sponsors a networking event to launch the Mentorship Program cycle, at which time mentors and mentees can meet on an informal basis. The date, time and location of this 'Program Kick-Off Reception' is emailed to participating mentees and mentors and calendared on their bCal.
  • Mentees contact at least three potential mentors to set up informational interviews. After meeting, mentees and potential mentors separately submit their match preferences in ranked order to the BSA Career Development Committee. The committee completes the matches.
  • Once matched, the mentor and the mentee establish mutually agreeable terms for the mentorship relationship. Mentors and mentees meet together on a mutually established schedule for one calendar year.


If you have any questions or would like to join the BSA Career Development Committee, please send an email to


Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesday - 3401 Dwinelle Hall (on the office side of Level C, across from the men’s restroom)


Kait Guthrie

Emma Strong

Committee Members: 

Rebecca Andersen

Mark Brindle

Meaghan DeRespini (past co-chair)

Erin Inama (past co-chair)

Devin Jones

Melanie Keilholtz

Maria Kies

Harumi Quinones Austria 

Nithya Raghunathan

Angela Wong