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What are the expectations of the Alumni Mentor Program?

If you are a Professional or Brooklyn College alum participating in the program, please visit our Alumni Mentor Policy for Professionals & Alumni Mentors page.

  • Students must call in/show up on time to any appointments with their mentor (that means arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you are not late). In extreme cases when the appointment needs to be canceled, the student should provide at least 24 hours notice. 
  • While it is appropriate to ask for tips on how to look for openings in the field, it is not appropriate to ask them to hire you or to get you a job.
  • Students must conduct themselves professionally at all times. This includes behaviors such as being prepared, dressing in (minimally) business casual, writing a professional sounding email, showing up on time, taking notes, etc.
  • Students need to review the Tips for Informational Interviews before contacting an alum to ensure they conduct themselves appropriately.
  • Students should also review the Building Professional Relationships (BPR) Presentation for help with self-initiating outreach to a potential mentor.

Failure to adhere to these expectations and policies may result in a ban from using Magner Center Services.

Mentee Policy

Students or Mentees

There are over a thousand alumni and professionals in our database, so we cannot prescreen everyone who wants to be a mentor or host a student at a workplace. We encourage you to use normal precautions when contacting and meeting a stranger. Meet with your mentor or professional during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in a public setting. Do not meet at a private/home office. Meet with your mentors in a visible area, such as a café, restaurant, office building, or campus. We suggest that you do not meet after business hours. Do not partake in drug use prior to or during your interactions with alumni/professionals.  Limit the time of conversation to no more than an hour unless you are shadowing them at work, getting a company tour, or attending professional activities such as a conference, work-related event, or workshop. Maintain a professional decorum by engaging in appropriate conversations (e.g., while you might ask about work-life balance it would not be appropriate to ask if they are dating anyone. You might ask about salary range for the position but not the person’s specific salary). If after-work hours are the only convenient time, use the same above precautions. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in termination from the Alumni Mentor, Job Shadowing/Externship programs. When in doubt, speak to someone at the Magner Career Center for guidance on appropriate interactions with a mentor.

Students Discrimination Policy

Students can visit the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs for more information on conduct and resources should they ever need any. 

Brooklyn College prohibits discrimination in all of its programs, including the Magner Center Alumni Mentor Program, Job Shadowing/Externship program on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state, and city laws.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. You have the right to be free from harassment on the basis of sex while participating in the Alumni Mentor Program, Job Shadowing/Externship program. CUNY’s policies prohibit sexual harassment or violence of any kind, including sexual assault, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature on or off campus. Some examples of prohibited harassment are:

  • Using a person’s response to a request for sexual favor as a basis for an academic or employment decision, including in unpaid student internships.
  • Sexual comments, teasing, jokes, slurs of derogatory statements, or other verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
  • Graphic or sexually suggestive comments about bodies or clothing.
  • Graphic or sexually suggestive gestures.
  • Pressure to accept social invitations, meet privately, date, or have sexual relations.
  • Sexual touching, brushing up against another in a sexual manner, cornering, grabbing, kissing, or fondling
  • Coerced sexual intercourse or sexual assault.
  • Inquiries or discussions about sexual activities.

In addition, consistent with New York State law, all sexual activity shall be based on the affirmative consent of both parties. Affirmative consent means knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance does not demonstrate consent.

If you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination of any sort while participating in the Magner Career Center’s programs, advise the following contacts immediately:
Magner Career Center
718.951.5696, 1303 James Hall

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 718.951.6468, 2147 Boylan Hall

The coordinator is also responsible for investigating complaints of sexual harassment and/or discrimination.

If you are also in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable but may not be harassment or discrimination, contact Natalia Guarin-Klein.

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