The National Mentoring Symposium supplies mentors with timely information for today's students and highlights three tracks of presentations for peer (student) mentors, faculty and administration, and academic advisors.

What I enjoyed most about the National Mentoring Symposium was the ability to network. It was a positive, supportive environment. Great location. Great speakers.


Registration for the 2018 Mentoring Symposium has reached capacity and is now closed.


Poster Sessions

Presentation Sign-Up

Poster presentations take place during morning registration and lunch. Presentations are very informal; posters are set up around the room, and attendees casually walk around viewing the information and talking to the presenters. The purpose is to provide a chance for attendees to showcase their mentoring programs and for mentors to speak to individuals from other institutions. This is an opportunity to tell others from all over the country about why your program is successful and influential. Attendees will get a broader understanding of the different and similar approaches to mentoring. This is a great way for mentors to get involved and to have a chance to present at a national conference!

We will supply the table or easel, so just bring items such as informational posters, brochures, giveaways, and other marketing materials. Be creative and have fun with this!

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions take place throughout the day and will be divided into four time slots. All sessions are organized into tracks, such as peer mentors, faculty, administration, and advisors. The first three time slots will be unique sessions, followed by a fourth time slot for encore presentations of our most popular sessions! Rooms are set up in lecture-style format, and speakers are encouraged to engage the audience with activities and talking points. These sessions provide a great opportunity to explore concepts essential to mentoring and to provide concrete take-away techniques for participants to use on their campuses.

All rooms will have a computer, projector, and remote for presentations. All other materials are provided by the speakers.

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What You Need to Complete a Proposal

For a Concurrent Session

  • Title of Presentation (125 characters or less)
  • Concurrent Session Abstract (500 characters or less)
  • Concurrent Session Summary (300–1500 characters)
  • Names of Presenters 

For a Poster Session

  • Title of Presentation (125 characters or less)
  • Poster Session Summary (200–500 characters)
  • Names of Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Maura J. Cullen

Dr. Maura Cullen is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap and a highly-acclaimed diversity trainer who has educated and inspired people worldwide on how to be more inclusive, understanding, and authentic when communicating with others.

Her approach is compassionate, yet down to earth and entertaining. She breaks down difficult topics into practical applications, giving people the vital skills needed to make immediate and significant change. Utilizing her wonderful sense of humor and real life stories, she resonates with her audience by educating not humiliating. As one participant noted, “I was required to attend Maura’s session and without question I will never see things the same way again. It is a defining moment in my life."


IUPUI Campus Center

The IUPUI Campus Center serves as a central hub by complementing the academic goals of IUPUI and by enhancing the campus community in service, partnership, and collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and the greater Indianapolis community.


The Campus Center is located at 420 University Boulevard on the southwest corner of the Michigan Street and University Boulevard intersection.

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Check-In: Check-in will occur on the fourth floor of the IUPUI Campus Center. Additional information will be provided as the event nears.


Where to Park

Symposium attendees should park in the Vermont Street Parking Garage located on the corner of Vermont Street and University Boulevard and attached to the Campus Center. A parking validation ticket will be provided upon request during check-in. IUPUI honors parking permits from all Indiana University and Purdue University campuses in comparable parking lots (e.g., faculty/staff in EM areas or students in ST areas).

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Event Details

Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, CE 450
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact us.

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