|Value mentee health (including health) and well-being; refer students to professionals when needed.
|Communicate with someone (see Resources) if health issues are interfering with your work or your ability to meet expectations.
|Respond in an understanding way and provide flexibility when trainees must attend to personal matters. Connect mentees with support resources if they are struggling.
|Let your advisor know if personal issues are interfering with your ability to meet expectations.
|Use the name and pronouns that a mentee tells you to use.
|Communicate the name and pronouns that you would like to be called by and inform your mentor of changes.
Refer to the Mentoring Resources page for supporting materials and training opportunities.
- MIT Medical; MIT Mental Health
Potential pitfalls for mentors
- Falling prey to “-isms” when interacting with others, either publicly or privately (e.g., sexism, racism, trans/homophobia, ableism, etc.)
- Making assumptions about a student’s name or pronouns, e.g., based on paperwork or appearances.