RMI Industry Mentors Program
The Vaughan Institute and Gamma Iota Sigma conduct an industry mentoring program with the guidance and support of the Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) students may apply if they have at least two semesters remaining in college. Mentors are recruited by a mentoring steering committe. Interested professionals may also contact Viana Rockel for an application form. The number and type of students requesting a mentor determines the number of mentors needed, and mentors may not always be called upon to participate.
Student mentees are chosen based on their academic performance, leadership and communication skills, interest in the risk management and insurance professions, and potential. Mentors are recruited from the local RIMS chapter and from the many alumni and professional partners connected with the Vaughan Institute. We value face-to-face activities. Because students don't always have transportation, we choose mentors who live nearby or travel to the university frequently.
Students are matched with mentors in the fall semester and continue their mentoring relationship throughout the spring semester. The University of Iowa Center for Teaching provides information about good mentoring practices to the mentors and also guidance to students about how to interact with their mentors. Armed with knowledge about the institute's RMI courses and services the Tippie College of Business and Vaughan Institute provide to students, mentors are well-equipped to carry out their important task.
We anticipate that mentors and students will spend approximately 2-3 hours a month meeting in pairs (three meetings per year are suggested), attend group events (normally 3 are scheduled) and participate in other activities and online forums.