MAC Peer Mentoring Program

The MAC (Multicultural Academic Council) Peer Mentoring Program is a collaboration of MAC and the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement. MAC is a graduate student organization focused on ensuring that doctoral students, especially those from backgrounds historically excluded and underrepresented in academia, can connect with peer mentors and develop positive strategies for excelling academically and personally throughout their graduate career and beyond.

MAC mentors and mentees participate in large group mentoring activities and are assigned to M&M (mentors & mentees) Pods that bring small groups of mentees together with more advanced graduate students. All mentors and mentees participate in monthly discussion sessions focused on common issues faced by early-career graduate students and participate in smaller group discussions and activities with their assigned M&M Pods.

Peer Mentors

MAC invites doctoral students going into their second year or beyond, as well as postdoctoral fellows and associates, to apply to serve as peer mentors to support the success and professional development of first-year doctoral students.


  • Currently-enrolled, full-time doctoral student or employed postdoctoral fellow/associate
  • Must have completed at least one year in a doctoral program


MAC invites first-year doctoral students to apply to participate in the MAC Mentoring Program as mentees, which brings more advanced graduate students and postdocs together with beginning graduate students for monthly discussion sessions focused on common issues faced by early-career graduate students.


  • Currently enrolled doctoral student
  • First or second-year doctoral student

Time Frame

Apply to  be a peer mentor! Applications will close on August 17th at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Peer mentee applications are now open and will close on September 1st at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The MAC Mentoring Program runs on an academic year schedule.

Meeting & Event Dates

Fall 2023

Aug. 25: Mentor Orientation

Sept. 23: Mentor and Mentee Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Social

Oct. 16: Monthly Meeting  (Topic: Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School)

Nov. 15: Monthly Meeting (Topic: How to Self-Advocate in Graduate School)

Dec. 14: Winter Social

Spring 2024

Jan 26: Community Building Event  

TBD: February Keynote Speaker

TBD: March Monthly Meeting (Topic: Finding Community on Campus)

End of April: Spring Social


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