ICCIT Student Mentorship Program

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About the program

The ICCIT Student Mentorship Program (ISMP) is available to newly admitted ICCIT students to help them make the most of their studies. Mentees are matched with an upper-year ICCIT student mentor of their choosing for the academic year.

By joining this mentorship program, mentees will receive first-hand support and guidance for the full academic year.   

ISMP is a supportive and professional relationship between newly admitted ICCIT students and upper-year ICCIT student mentors.

Through group sessions and one-on-ones, mentees will gain valuable insight regarding university life, making new friends, and will receive tailored support as they navigate their social and academic transition to the ICCIT.

Program objectives:

  • Connect the ICCIT student community, by pairing upper-year students to second-year students for mentorship
  • Enrich the newly admitted ICCIT students' university experience 
  • Offer support, help and guidance to newly admitted ICCIT students
  • Create opportunities for students to develop new skills and grow their professional networks

Mentors

The ISMP mentors are ICCIT students in their 3rd year or above, who wish to support newly admitted students during their transition into the ICCIT. 

Mentees

Mentees are newly admitted ICCIT students who wish to maximize their university experience. 

They are students in the following programs:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the program CCR Accredited?

Yes it is! To encourage your commitment to this program, your participation, whether as a mentor or as a mentee, will be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). CCR logo

As a mentee, how do I get my participation in this program CCR accredited?

  • Attend a minimum of 4 out of 5 group sessions related to:
    • professional development
    • student well-being
    • social networking
    • navigation of UTM protocols
    • opportunities in the academic year
  • Work with your mentors to create S.M.A.R.T goals.
  • Learn how to communicate with professors and conduct yourself in a professional manner

Are the mentoring sessions held virtually or in person?

As of now, the mentoring sessions are happening fully virtually.

This is subject to change, as we continue to adapt the mentorship practices to the public health guidelines.

Since the TCS Major is new, will TCS students also receive mentoring support?

Of course! Due to the fact that the first TCS cohort will be the 2021-2022 newly admitted students, we currently do not have any mentors who studied TCS per say. 

But do not worry! We have amazing upper-year ICCIT mentors ready to help newly admitted TCS students. These mentors are well aware of the TCS program and are double majoring in CCIT and CS (Computer Science). Hence, they know all about technology, coding and society too! 

Launching Soon: Acadiate Show & Tell Zone

What is Acadiate?
It is a positive online space exclusive to students in the ICCIT department. On this platform, students enrolled in the department can share videos, images or text showcasing their talents.

This platform will be run in such a way that students can see the creations and achievements of others and potentially get ideas for their own growth. Additionally, students have the potential to collaborate with their peers to create something great!

All of this is with the express purpose of helping students overcome any fear of putting their work out there, to improve their skills, build connections, and to gain inspiration from their peers.

What can you share on the Zone?
The purpose of the zone is to promote and showcase any sort of content related to topics within the ICCIT department. This could be a piece of coursework that the student is proud of (or received a great grade on) or simply something that they're working on in their free time.

Additionally, the point is not to post perfect work, but to post work that they are willing to share, talk about, get feedback on and that can potentially help educate others.

This includes (among many others) skills like:

  • Coding
  • Website Creation
  • Marketing
  • Photography 
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Writing & Editing
  • Video Creation
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Art

How to join the zone?

The Acadiate Show & Tell Zone is launching soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Isaiah Colthrust (Senior Mentor) isaiah.colthrust@mail.utoronto.ca for more information.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the program, you can kindly message the Program Coordinator, Marie-Philippe Généreux for help at iccit.mentorship@utoronto.ca

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