Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic students at LSE
The LSESU’s BME Mentoring Scheme is just one of the many ways in which our alumni are shaping our community.
A total of 478 alumni have taken part as mentors since the scheme launched in 2018, generously providing more than 5,700 volunteering hours to date in support of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students at LSE.
The scheme provides a structured programme of mentorship through which BME students at the School can receive advice and guidance for their personal, academic and professional development.
The BME Mentoring Scheme provided a unique opportunity to connect with a senior mentor working in the industry I’m interested in, who has become a great sounding board to ask the little but important questions. It is especially useful to hear from an industry insider and learn how to I can put my best foot forward.
LSE alumni and students are matched based on a range of characteristics and preferences. Once connected, mentors and mentees meet regularly, and receive additional support from LSESU staff, including training, and opportunities to meet others participating in the scheme at events and networking sessions.
The programme provides a great experience for both mentors and mentees, with many opportunities to learn and grow.
Mentoring Mohammed was an excellent experience. We shared similarities in the philosophy and economics part of our degrees, as well as entrepreneurial interests. Mohammed was great at planning ahead in terms of what topics he wanted to cover, and we took a mutual discussion approach to deciphering the best answers. In many cases, I was learning as much, if not more, from my mentee as they might have learnt from me. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience and I believe we'll continue to be in touch in future.
Applications for alumni mentors are currently open and will close on 21 November 2022.