Center for Mentoring and Professional Networks
The Center for Mentoring and Professional Networks was established to work with every student to offer equitable access to Drew’s strong and committed alum network as well as community partners. Its goal is to ensure that every student has the tools to cultivate as broad a network of connections and as much social capital as possible by graduation. Why? Because networks unlock advice, insights, and social capital that are invaluable, and because research shows that up to 85% of jobs are found through personal or professional connections.
The opportunities for students and recent grads (0-2 years out) to build networks, include:
Students may complete this form so we know how to help — or you can just schedule an appointment with the director of the Center by joining or logging into Drew Connect and clicking on the Advising tab!
The Center for Mentoring and Professional Networks represents one of the pillars of Launch, Drew’s cutting-edge undergraduate experience that ensures that every student graduates experienced, skilled, and networked. The new Center emphasizes the centrality of networking and mentoring to the Drew experience for all students.
The Center supports the University’s mission to “prepare its students to flourish both personally and professionally” and graduate “ready to launch” by working with students to cultivate as expansive a network of mentors, purposeful connections, and real-world preparation as possible by supplementing the work of faculty and staff mentors through access to the world-wide network of Drew alums and community partners.
OUR MISSION: WORKING WITH STUDENTS TO ENSURE THEY GRADUATE WITH AS EXPANSIVE A NETWORK AS POSSIBLE THROUGH ACCESS TO THE WORLD-WIDE NETWORK OF DREW ALUMS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Center for Mentoring and Professional Networks was established to ensure that every student has equitable access to Drew’s strong and committed alum network as well as community partners (“mentors”) and can cultivate a broad network of mentors by graduation. Why do this? Because research has shown that 70% of all jobs are not published publicly on jobs sites and as much as 85% of jobs are filled through networking. Important Networking Statistics Everyone Should Know (2022), Apollo Technical.
Mentors serve not only as important advisers in a variety of ways, but as an avenue through which students can build their social capital throughout their journey at Drew and graduate with as expansive a network as possible that supplements those offered by faculty, staff, and peers on the Drew campus.
To support students’ efforts to build social capital with the greater community, the Center will ensure that the greater alum network and community partners are mobilized for students to seek additional advice and guidance at any and all stages of their college journey. That advice might be about anything from juggling academics and social life, to real-world information about day-to-day life after college, to insight about working in a specific field, industry, or company, to access to the mentors’ broader networks. The Center can also support longer-term mentorships between students and alums to touch base periodically for a few months or throughout the student’s college career.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The Center and its staff are committed to ensuring that every student has equitable access to the Center’s programs and that its programs and services are inclusive of our entire community. The Center promotes a just and equitable environment for all community members.
Student-Focused: The Center will support all students in their pursuits by ensuring that its programs and services are focused on student success and offer a powerful lever for opportunity and equity.
Mutual Respect: Drew alums, community partners, and students all have competing priorities, but it is important to respect the time and commitment each makes to the Center and to one another. The Center will offer guidance and support to all participants about best practices for demonstrating that respect.
Relationship-focused and personalized engagement: The Center will work to make introductions and offer programming that is relevant to each student based on their own personal, academic, and professional goals and interests.
Carol Bassie serves as the director of the Center. She joined Drew in August 2016 as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, in which role she was responsible for thinking critically and strategically about ways in which alums engage with the University. Among other things, Carol and the APR team found ways in which to better connect alums and students through initiatives such as development of informal networking programs, involvement of alums in classes and other programming, informational interviews, implementation of an online networking platform, and connecting alums and students for one-to-one conversations.
Carol received a bachelor of arts from Haverford College, with a major in microbiology, and a juris doctor from the Beasley School of Law of Temple University where she was editor-in-chief of the law review. Carol spent 16 years practicing employment law and litigation at Dechert LLP and Rubin Fortunato P.C. before transitioning to constituent engagement in independent schools and universities.
As director, Carol is responsible for setting the Center’s strategic priorities and developing and sustaining programming that will ensure every student graduates with as expansive a network as possible to enhance their opportunity for post-college success.
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