Mentors

Help students have a global impact by working with Calgary community partners.

If you are interested in participating in our Fall 2021 competition, please fill out the survey through the link below. 

Benefits of being a mentor

  • Expand your UCalgary network 

  • Participate in a variety of free training on topics like ideation, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork  

  • Give back to the campus community 

  • Develop and hone your leadership and coaching skills 

  • Work with staff and students from across campus and around the world 

Mentorship commitment and expectations

As a mentor, it is expected that you will: 

  • Attend the mentor training session in January.
  • Meet for a total of 6-8 hours during the time span of the challenge from late September to early November 2021 via zoom
    • We estimate 3-4 meetings at 1.5 hours each
      • 1 initial meeting for introductions and brainstorming 
      • 1 meeting to finalize narrowing down problem scope and ideas for solutions 
      • 1-2 meetings for follow up and finalizing ideas
  • Provide guidance to your student group in narrowing down ideas for their solution
  • Respond to students’ emails within 3 business days 

It is the students’ responsibility to reach out to the mentor for introductions, asking for support via email, and to set up meetings. If students haven’t reached out by February 10th, or in case of any questions or issues, please contact us at global.challenge@ucalgary.ca.

You are also invited, encouraged even, to attend the workshops that are mandatory for your students as well as the first and second rounds of competition. For more details and tentative dates, please see the schedule below.

Support for mentors

Hands supporting a tree

We will be adding you to a D2L site to connect with your group and also to facilitate check-ins with our program coordinators. Bring your questions, concerns, strategies, and anything you want to talk out with our coordinators. More details will be sent via email once you have been accepted.

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Expectations of students

Mentoring students through this challenge will be a very unique experience for all parties involved. It's a good idea to get an understanding of the expectations we have for students in advance to guide your feedback. Check out the Student section of our website to get an understanding of our expectations of students as well as the judging criteria for the actual competition. 

Challenge Timeline

This is the tentative schedule for our Fall 2021 challenge and is subject to change. 

Aug 30, 2021

Student and Mentor applications open


Sept 9, 2021

Information session for students

Details to come!


Sept 15, 2021

Application deadline


Sept 17, 2021

Mentor acceptances announced


Sept 22, 2021

Mentor and Community Partner introductory meeting

Detail to be sent out via email to accepted partners and mentors

Sept 23, 2021

Student acceptances announced

Please be advised due to limited capacity we will not be emailing candidates that have not been selected by this date. Thank you for your understanding.


Sept 27, 2021

Workshop #1: Challenge Kickoff and Introduction to Intercultural Capacity Training


Sept 27, 2021

Workshop #2: Innovating for Impactful Projects

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 4, 2021

Workshop #3: Building a Strong Team

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 11, 2021

Workshop #4: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 

Oct 13, 2021

Mentor and community partner check-ins


Oct 14, 2021

Mentor and community partner check-ins


Oct 18, 2021

Workshop #5: Building Intercultural Capacity

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Oct 19, 2021

Video presentations due for Feedback round evaluation


Oct 25, 2021

Feedback Round Day 1

Details to come. 

Oct 26, 2021

Feedback Round Day 2

Details to come. 


Oct 27, 2021

Feedback Round Day 3

Details to come. 


Oct 29, 2021

Finalists teams announced


Nov 1, 2021

Workshop #6: Professional Applications of Challenge Work

This workshop will be run at 2 separate time this week. Specific dates and times to come. 


Nov 8, 2021

Reading Week - No challenge activities

Nov 15, 2021

Video presentations due for Finals


Nov 18, 2021

Final Presentations

Details to come. 


Nov 30, 2021

Deadline for teams to debrief with community partners and complete workshop requirements