MINE Program: Mentor. Impact. Network. Excel

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MINE Program: Mentor. Impact. Network. Excel

This program provides opportunities to connect with experienced mentors, peers, and resources within the university. Mentors will guide mentees through discussion and reflection while equipping them with the tools and characteristics to be successful and happy in OSU Extension. 

For ALL new hires, complete the New Hire Survey (go.osu.edu/newhiresurvey). This will include registration for the ONE Extension program (onboarding) and the MINE Program (mentoring)

2024 Mentor Training Dates:

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 10:00am

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 1:30pm-3:00pm

Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am-11:30am

The Program Goals 

  • Provide a consistent mentor experience for all Extension employees to have the knowledge and resources needed to engage and succeed within the organization.

  • Instill a culture of learning, collaboration, and trust 

  • Establish connections and relationships between generations of OSU Extension colleagues 

  • Model best practices and provide a wide variety of tools and resources for success



Mentor desired qualities:  Responsibilities (Mentors and Mentees) 
  • Team player 

  • Trustworthy, ethical, professional behavior 

  • Positive attitude and a sense of humor 

  • Respected by peers; shows respect for others 

  • Listen and communicate effectively 

  • Recognizes and encourages excellence 

  • Self-confident 

  • Patient, encouraging, caring, and sympathetic 

  • Appreciates and encourages diversity 

  • Flexible/adaptable, receptive to innovative ideas 

  • Set aside time to meet regularly 

  • Share resources, expertise, and experiences 

  • Maintain confidentiality 

  • Display professionalism 

  • Be an active listener 

  • Participate in training and touch-base meetings 

  • Complete ongoing evaluations 

  • Minimum one-year commitment 


For questions or to get involved with the program, contact T mccoy.860@osu.edu, Diane mashburn.10@osu.edu, or ShaLise simmons.761@osu.edu.