The MC,"Mentor Collective for GradStudent Success" by Navcap
Is a A Strategic Training Model offered as an intensive Masterclass or a Suite of Signature Workshops designed to prepare graduate students for career readiness & career sponsorship.
Innovations in career guidance in higher education have shifted from consulting towards building networking communities, ecosystems, and social mobility (Dey & Cruzvergara, 2019). However, colleges and universities buy and large, do not have a robust model to support this change. We fill this gap.
What graduate students get out of it:
Our graduate student success trainings prepare Black and Brown graduate students for career readiness, how to cultivate mentorship relationships, and how to maximize supports within the university and beyond.
Details on each of our 5-part model below.
✓ Establish Success Blueprint – Get knowledgeable on what is needed to be successful as a grad student beyond academics and academic advising. Conduct a gap analysis to identify strengths and priority areas of growth. Create a graduate student success plan.
✓ Navigating The Terrain – Learn effective approaches to survey your university landscape, tap into available resources, and learn the place-based history and culture. Create manageable benchmarks, and manage expectations for personal, academic, and professional success. Develop relationships across multiple areas to increase your personal network effect in the university context.
✓ Mentee Mindset/Mentor Stance – Discover and use coaching and mentee mindset frames, success cycle implementation tools, approaches for effective communication, advocacy, problem-solving, and negotiation skills. Create a mentor-mentee matrix where you identify career goals, communication strategies, and tap into both your own leadership style, and how to "be a mentee" with the end goal of sponsorship.
✓ Career Management Skills – Gain and leverage strategies for building social capital outside of higher ed and how to find opportunities to make significant progress in career positioning through organizations, memberships, and leveraging intimate professional groups.
✓ Maximizing Financial Opportunities – Gain strategies that will help maximize financial opportunities to lessen the level of debt acquired in pursuit of graduate degree attainment.
Who Our Trainings & Workshops Are For:
GRADUATE STUDENTS & MORE — Our workshops are tailored to meet the needs of both Masters and PhD/EdD levels. and they are designed to address the unique needs of Black and Brown graduate students. They are designed for grad students in traditional or online degree programs EXCLUDING Medical School & Law School.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FACILITATORS, ADVISORS, DEPT. CHAIRS, AND MENTORSHIP SUPPORT NETWORKS — If you support Black and Brown graduate students in an social-emotional capacity, academic capacity, or you are invested in the success of your racially minoritized graduate students, you will find enormous value in our workshops.
PROFESSORS/INSTRUCTORS & ADMINISTRATORS — Gain a greater understanding of the unique challenges within higher education for Black & Brown graduate students to make programmatic improvements and creating optimal conditions for student success.
Position yourself for success post degree. Graduate with the social capital as well as the academic foundation to have the income, impact, and opportunities you envision for yourself.
A clear roadmap of how to build impactful relationships and cultivate mentorship networks.
Time saved and reduced stress in having to figure things out on your own.
Greater confidence in navigating degree and post-degree success.
Clear articulation of goals and an accountability plan.
Strengthen alumni engagement and investment while cultivating academic to industry partnerships.
Create optimal conditions and opportunities for culturally diverse students to achieve the success they envision.
Align strategic school goals for equity and equitable learning environments with programs that directly address this.
Increase and retain diverse talent and academic scholarship directly connected to the University.
If you would like to schedule a Mentor Collective Workshop/Training Session for your organization or would like more information on our services please email us at For more information, SEE FAQs.