Mentoring Circles Program

Information about the Mentoring Program can now be found on NEA’s Website. The Program is now accepting applications from mentors and mentees for the fall.

Purpose of the REPS Mentoring Circles Program

The REPS Mentoring Circles Program is designed to connect archivists to a supportive community of peers that can assist each other with setting and meeting professional goals. The program brings together small groups of early professionals (both students and recent graduates) with NEA members who have varying levels of experience. Everyone involved is able to share experiences, challenges, information, and news of professional opportunities and grow as professionals with one another.

How Mentoring Circles Work
The REPS Mentoring Circles – Pilot Program
Goals and Future Plans
Contact Us about Future Opportunities

How Mentoring Circles Work

A mentoring circle is a small group of individuals that meet on a regular basis for an agreed amount of time during the mentorship period. Meetings can be in-person or virtual.

Unlike the traditional one-to-one match, mentoring circles are comprised of one or two mentors and a few mentees. Mentoring circles can facilitate multiple perspectives regarding career goals and professional growth.

To find out more about mentoring circles, visit:

Leadership in Mentoring: Multiple Mentoring (American College of Healthcare Executives)

To see an example of a mentoring circle program, visit:

Mentoring Circles (Association of Women in Science)

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The REPS Mentoring Circles – Pilot Program

The mentoring circles hosted by REPS consist of five peer mentees and two co-mentors. The co-mentors will not only act as mentors to the mentees, but will also peer mentor each other. The mentoring circle gives participants the opportunity to network with and learn from not only the experienced archivists in their midst, but their peers as well.

The program launched in fall 2013, with each group meeting for the first time in October. The groups will continue to meet through May 2014.

REPS is currently running three different mentoring circles as a part of our pilot program:

Greater Boston Mentoring Circles: Two circles that meet in person within the Boston-area, and cover a variety of topics determined by the group. Some sample discussion topics include job hunting, continuing education, professional development, presenting at conferences, and getting published.

Virtual Mentoring Circle: One circle that meets online using the group video chat platform, Google Hangouts. The Virtual Mentoring Circle enables REPS members in diverse locations to participate in the program. Like the Greater Boston Mentoring Circles, participants also determine the topics discussed. Some sample discussion topics include job hunting, continuing education, professional development, presenting at conferences, and getting published. Participants in the virtual circle will also discuss networking and professional development strategies for people living outside the Boston area.

Mentor and Mentee Roles:

Mentors: Each mentoring circle is led by two mentors, with varying levels of experience in the field.  Mentors will provide guidance and support to mentees as well as learn from each other.

Mentees: Each mentoring circle consists of five mentees in the early stages of their archival careers. Mentees are students and early professionals who can learn from not only their circle mentors but also create a support network for fellow mentees.

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Goals and Future Plans for the Program

REPS aims to create a sustainable mentoring program supported by REPS and the wider NEA community. The plan is to:

  • With input from participants, assess the pilot phase of this program to determine what works and what doesn’t so that we can build a better, more sustainable mentoring model in year two.
  • Create a mentoring model that will become a permanent and regularly occurring part of NEA and REPS programming.
  • Grow the program, increasing the number of circles to accommodate more participants, and create relationships with other professional organizations in New England to collaborate on future mentoring partnerships.

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Contact us about future mentoring opportunities

Interested in participating in a future REPS program as either a mentee or mentor? Email the REPS co-chairs at reps.nea@gmail.com.

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