AHEPPP Mentor Matching Program

As a valued member of AHEPPP, you know community is the defining feature of our association. We think it is key to your success as a professional to continue the dialogue among colleagues throughout the year. That is why our mentor program is a specialized resource meant to enhance your membership experience by providing personal and professional support. We invite you to participate in this initiative as an added dimension to your professional development.


This mentorship program is a one-year commitment, beginning each new year in January. It is our hope that you will find value in a monthly dialogue to enhance your growth as a professional and the important work you do each day as parent and family professional.  

As a mentor you...

  • Have at least 5 years of experience in the field of Parent/Family relations
  • Make monthly contact with your mentee. This can be in the form of phone calls, email, or other outreach
  • Share articles, books, and other publications that may be of interest for your mentee
  • Share relevant resources and conferences that may be of interest
  • Meet at the 2020 AHEPPP National Conference 

As a mentee you...

  • Are open to learning and exploring new ideas
  • Take initiative to develop a professional relationship with your mentor
  • Commit to monthly communication with your mentor
  • Ask questions, engage and take ownership of your professional development 

In this flexible program, you will be provided monthly discussion themes to use as a starting point for your conversations. It is likely that you may also discover other topics of interest related to your work. AHEPPP creates the match; you develop the relationship and structure of your work together.


 2020 Mentor Discussion Themes


First Year Pairing Themes

Second Year Pairing Themes


Introductions: backgrounds, outcomes of participation, establish “meeting” schedule


Mentoring goals for year 2


Personal & Professional Goals

Accomplishments and Challenges from 2019; 
Developing a plan to address those in 2020


Preparing for Publications (newsletters, guide, orientation materials)

Review national survey data

Developing strong campus partnerships

Review national survey data


Utilizing students (i.e. work study, leadership positions, programming, ambassadors)

Advocacy: How are you aligning your department and/program on your campus to advocate for families?


Key Messages for Families at Orientation

Key Messages for Families at Orientation


Planning for Fall Move In and Family Weekend

Student Success & Retention: The role of families in achieving this goal


Budget and Program Planning for the new academic year

Professional Development Plans; Goal Check-In


Professional Insights: What are you looking forward to? Where do you see opportunities in your program? How can your mentor support and encourage you?

Campus Culture & Communication with Families (i.e. FERPA, Title IX, Crisis, Protocols, Fundraising, etc.)


Parent Volunteers: Opportunities, Establishing roles, Communication and Expectations

Utilizing Technology: resources and trends on your campus


Program Pride Points: What is working well on your campus? (social media, technology, programming, collaborative efforts, etc.)

Parent & Family CAS: How will your program measure up in a review of the standards? What are your strengths and opportunities?


Family Engagement in Higher Education Conference Preparation: what to know, planning your trip.

Plan to meet at the conference

Family Engagement in Higher Education Conference Participation: Plan to meet up at the conference


Discuss the best book of 2020 you read that related to the field of parents and families.

Top take-aways from National Conference. 

New goals or initiatives for 2021

Top take-aways from National Conference. 


If you have questions about the mentorship program, please contact Lindsay McKinney at [email protected]