Mentorship Program

Purpose Statement

The AFT 6157 Mentorship Program focuses on identifying professional and work-related needs of new faculty members by providing support and guidance in their first year of employment in the San José/Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). Faculty mentors are to serve as positive role models, guides, and initial contact between new faculty (initially full time faculty) and the union, the various college entities and the district as a whole. The primary goal of Faculty Union Mentors is to create a sense of community, via the AFT 6157 within our community and to welcome new faculty members. The program consists of activities and events designed to assist the new faculty members with their adjustment to college life. In addition, this program will introduce the new members to the union, emphasizing its great importance in continuing to provide a positive and supportive work environment here at SJECCD.


  1. Familiarize the new faculty member with the goals and mission of the faculty union.
  2. Maintain an ongoing commitment to both the recruitment and retention of culturally diverse faculty in the San José/Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD).
  3. Provide a support network connecting new faculty members with the college community and the AFT 6157.
  4. Provide a positive union role model for new members.
  5. Encourage new faculty members to participate in college and union related activities.
  6. Provide leadership opportunities for the Faculty Union Council of Division Representatives.