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Toolkit: Cultivating A Culture of Mentoring

Mentoring toolkitThe Duke Graduate School developed the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring Toolkit to provide the resources that faculty, students, and staff need to conduct successful workshops on good practices for mentoring graduate students. It can be adapted to a variety of settings for small and large groups.

The toolkit includes:

  • Workshop guidelines
  • Talking-point cards
  • Mentoring vignettes
  • Discussion questions
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Link to mentoring video

If you are interested in doing a workshop, you can request a complimentary toolkit. We just ask that you do two things:

  1. Give us some feedback: What worked? What didn’t work?  How can we improve the toolkit?
  2. After your workshop, share the toolkit with other colleagues (faculty, student, or staff) to run a workshop and ask them to pass it on when finished. Let us know whom you have shared it with, so we can follow up.

You can download a digital version of the toolkit:

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Why a mentoring toolkit?

This toolkit was created for the Duke University Graduate School community with the belief that mentoring is an essential component of student success. Our aim is to empower members of the graduate community to become partners in the mentoring process, making it a deeply rooted part of the Duke experience.

How was the toolkit developed?

To create the toolkit, The Graduate School staff

  • analyzed the profiles of faculty and students who have received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring,
  • examined surveys that assess students’ needs,
  • gathered feedback on faculty perspectives,
  • reviewed current research,
  • learned about initiatives at peer institutions,
  • hosted conversations with members of the community about the importance of mentoring, and
  • piloted the toolkit over three years with three cohorts of first-year graduate students.

We condensed what we learned into this toolkit, which is designed to be a resource for faculty, students, and staff who want to promote good mentoring practices.

Can Duke graduate students earn RCR credit by attending a mentoring event run by faculty or staff using the toolkit?

Yes. If you would like to propose Responsible Conduct of Research credit for a department, program, or campus center-run mentoring workshop using this toolkit, please refer to these directions and request form, which you should send for approval to at least two weeks before the event. After the event, the list of participants should be sent to The Graduate School using this template.

Got more questions about the toolkit?