SRAI Odyssey Program Needs Your Participation
“Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.” – Junot Diaz
Have you wanted a mentor? Have you wanted to be a mentor? Are you not sure how to arrange a great mentor/mentee partnership? SRAI has a terrific opportunity if you have been asking these questions.
Throughout time, the term mentor has become synonymous with someone who is trusted, wise, and able to guide us through a professional and even personal period of growth in our lives. “Mentor” was an actual Greek counselor in Homer’s poem The Odyssey. Mentor was trusted to oversee and teach Telemachus, son of Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, while Odysseus was away at war.
While we do not fight actual wars, thank goodness, our stresses between work, home, and other commitments can be difficult to manage. We can reach out and find that many others have maneuvered their way through some of the same scenarios and grown professionally and personally along the way.
SRAI’s ODYSSEY PROGRAM, seeks to identify mentor/mentee partnerships where we hope that you can gain the knowledge from each other over the year. Often, lifelong relationships develop from these opportunities.
How does the program work?
- We invite those of you who have been interested in sharing your expertise and giving back to the research administration community to be a mentor to those that are coming into the field or those that are looking for something new in the field.
- We are looking for those that are either new to the field and want to gain insights from the many talented experts that we have in our midst at SRAI. If you are interested in something new or setting a new course for yourself, this a great opportunity to reach out and learn from others who have done it or have great passion for our field.
For more information, visit the Odyssey Program website: https://www.srainternational.org/get-involved/odyssey-program
Submit your application to be a mentor or mentee by December 1!
Authored by Heather Kraus, Director of Research Administration, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
University of Michigan