MSU Denver

Mission Statement

The MSU Denver Community of Mentorship Professionals and Student Scholars (COMPASS) program is committed to supporting underserved students’ academic persistence by supplementing classroom education with career readiness and development experience. We strive to expand student access and success in high demand industries. 

About COMPASS

The Community of Mentorship Professionals and Student Scholars (COMPASS) Program connects you with industry professionals in your area of study.  

COMPASS is a one-semester long, student-driven experience where you receive individualized advice from a mentor of YOUR choosing.  

Through our program platform, Firsthand, you’re able to select a mentor and learn about topics such as: 

  • Resume and cover letter writing 
  • Interviewing tactics 
  • Salary negotiation 
  • Networking 
  • Conference attendance 
  • Professional development 
  • Identity consciousness in the workplace 
  • Self-advocacy 
  • Leadership development 
  • Conflict management 
  • And any other career needs you may have! 

During our program orientation, we’ll provide you guidance on how to use Firsthand, how to choose a mentor, and how to make the most of your time with us. Not only that, but we’ll also provide you with supplemental resources such as a mentee handbook, conversation guides, industry-specific career resources, and more!  

Interested? Discover your path by joining COMPASS.

Program Values

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Career and Self-Development

We are committed to providing participants with opportunities to explore career interests, build career skills, and form a network of peers and professionals. Additionally, we seek to provide opportunities for participants to learn about oneself and others; to reflect on and define one’s needs, wants, and goals; and to strengthen one’s ability to self-advocate.

Inclusion

We are dedicated to furthering the career and personal development of MSU Denver students. We welcome, affirm, and want to include individuals with marginalized identities, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, religion, and dis/ability or neurodiversity. We strongly encourage participants to be inclusive, supportive, and affirming of one another’s identities.

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Accountability

We define accountability as accepting responsibility for one’s words, behavior, and actions toward one another and striving for respectful, honest, and ethical conduct. We understand that mentorship thrives when participants practice respect and responsibility. We also recognize the difference between intent and impact. Thus, we expect our participants to own up to their mistakes, to apologize, and to learn from their experience moving forward.

Community

We aim to build a sense of community within our program participants. We encourage participants to make meaningful connections between one another, within MSU Denver, and beyond. To support community building, we provide a mentorship discussion group for participants to interact with one another and develop connections beyond their mentorship pairs.

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Registration and Eligibility

The deadline to participate in COMPASS for Spring 2022 is February 11, 2022. To participate in COMPASS for Spring 2022, you must:

  1. Be an MSU Denver student taking at least 1 credit.
  2. Be interested in pursuing a career in one of the following industries:
    1. Health Services
    2. Business
    3. Technology
  3. *Be at least 18 years or older at the program start date (February 18, 2022).
  4. Complete the COMPASS Program registration form (Here).

*NOTE: If you’re interested in participating but will not be 18 years or older at the start of the program, please contact Eunice Reyes at [email protected].


Are you an employer interested in becoming a mentor?

Please designate your interest by emailing [email protected]! Deadline to become a mentor for Spring 2022 is February 8th.

Benefits

As a part of COMPASS you'll get to enjoy:

  • Explore different career opportunities 
  • A dedicated professional mentor to provide individualized career support 
  • Grow professionally and personally 
  • Access special career readiness resources 
  • Connect with professionals and peers in your area of study through a virtual mentorship discussion group 

About the Mentors

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COMPASS mentors are MSU Denver alumni and/or industry professionals whose employers are partnered with the Classroom to Career Hub (C2 Hub). Our mentors have a desire to guide, motivate, and support your personal, academic, and professional development.  

As COMPASS participants, we will prepare our mentors to be attentive, supportive, and affirming of our students’ unique needs, goals, and identities. While our mentors are not experts in all areas, we expect them to work in collaboration with C2 Hub staff to ensure your career needs are met. 

FAQ

Question?

Contact Us

Student/Mentee Contact:

Eunice Reyes (she/her) | Equity and Career Success Coordinator

 

Employer/Mentor Contact:

Eboni Nash (she/her) | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Recruitment Manager