DO-IT Mentors Application

Shape the future... be a DO-IT Mentor.

The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) electronic mentoring community provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to communicate via email and during program activities with mentors and other students with disabilities. Your role as a DO-IT Mentor is a mix of friend and teacher. Your goal is to inspire and facilitate personal, academic, and career achievements in the DO-IT participants for whom you mentor. These protégés are college-capable students with disabilities pursuing challenging academic and career fields.

Do you have what it takes to be a DO-IT Mentor?

The relationships you develop with your protégés become channels for the passage of information, advice, challenges, opportunities, and support. DO-IT Mentors offer protégés:

  • Information
    Mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom.
  • Contacts
    Mentors provide valuable opportunities by facilitating academic, career, and personal contacts.
  • Challenges
    Mentors stimulate curiosity and build confidence by presenting new ideas, opportunities, and challenges.
  • Support
    Mentors encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.
  • Goal Setting
    Mentors help protégés discover talents and interests and define and attain their goals.
  • Advice
    Mentors guide protégés in reaching academic, career, and personal goals.
  • Role Models
    By sharing stories of achievement with protégés, Mentors can become role models.

How do DO-IT Mentors and protégés communicate?

Mentors and protégés communicate primarily through the use of email, eliminating the challenges imposed by time, distance, and disability that are characteristic of in-person mentoring. Frequent email communication combined with personal contact at DO-IT sponsored events, facilitates personal, academic, and career achievement.

DO-IT Mentors are subscribed to several electronic discussion lists. These lists include:

  • doitsem - A public forum to discuss STEM issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities.
  • doitchat - A forum where DO-IT protégés and Mentors interact.
  • mentors - A discussion list for Mentors.
  • disability-specific lists - Where Mentors and protégés each participate in special interest groups to discuss issues related to a specific disability area.

For more information about DO-IT's mentoring community, consult Opening Doors: Mentoring on the Internet.

AccessSTEM Mentoring Teams

As part of a special project, DO-IT is inviting Mentors with academic and/or professional backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to participate in AccessSTEM mentoring teams. This effort is part of DO-IT's Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #HRD-0227995 and HRD-0833504). Each mentoring team links students together with Mentors who are studying, teaching, and working in a STEM area similar to those the protégé is interested in pursuing. Ideally, each AccessSTEM mentoring team is composed of at least one high school student, one college student, and one STEM professional. These Mentors participate on the AccessSTEM, Mentors, and doitsem discussion lists; they have the option of joining doitchat and disability-specific lists.


College students, postsecondary faculty, and professionals from a variety of challenging academic and career fields are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

You may apply online using the DO-IT Mentor Application form, or by printing the DO-IT Mentors brochure and returning the paper application by postal mail or fax.

Because safety is of particular concern for young people using the Internet, this position requires completion of a criminal history background check. All Mentor candidates are asked to complete and return the University of Washington Conviction Criminal History Information form. This form will be mailed to you once we receive your completed application.

About DO-IT

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #HRD-0227995 and #HRD-0833504. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

For further information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, request materials in an alternate format, or to make comments or suggestions about DO-IT publications or web pages, contact:

University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842

206-685-DOIT (3648) — voice/TTY
888-972-DOIT (3648) — toll free voice/TTY
206-221-4171 — FAX
509-328-9331 — voice/TTY, Spokane

Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

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