Mentorship Guidelines and Code of Conduct

Guidelines

  1. A successful mentorship relationship should have:
    1. An intentional investment of time and energy
    2. A variety of perspectives, skills, and expertise
    3. Room for interpretation of advice
    4. Mutual benefits and learning for mentors and mentees
  2. Mentors should:
    1. Cultivate the bond with their mentees
    2. Have institutional knowledge and expertise
    3. Identify the gaps in a mentee’s skillset
    4. Encourage and facilitate networking opportunities
  3. Mentees should:
    1. Initiate the mentorship relationship
    2. Have clearly defined goals for what they hope to get out of the relationship
    3. Be open to constructive feedback
    4. Establish a framework and boundaries for the relationship
    5. Be prepared with specific questions
    6. Seek out a variety of mentors

Code of Conduct – Mentors

  1. I will not engage in verbal, physical, or sexual harassment of any kind.
    1. For a full definition of what constitutes harassment, please view the appendix.
  2. I will keep all conversations confidential unless otherwise stated.
  3. I will not bring a third-party into the conversation unless mutually agreed upon beforehand.
  4. I will watch unconscious bias video prior to meeting with any mentee(s).
  5. I will make my best effort to adhere to any scheduled meetings or calls with my mentee(s).

Code of Conduct – Mentees

  1. I will not engage in verbal, physical, or sexual harassment of any kind.
    1. For a full definition of what constitutes harassment, please view the appendix.
  2. I will keep all conversations confidential unless otherwise stated.
  3. I will not bring a third-party into the conversation unless mutually agreed upon beforehand.
  4. I will take the lead on scheduling meetings with my mentor unless otherwise states.
  5. I understand my mentor(s) is busy and will respect their time and boundaries.
  6. I will make a best effort to come prepared with specific questions for every meeting with my mentor(s).

APPENDIX

HARASSMENT

The James Beard Foundation prohibits conduct that constitutes or could lead or contribute to harassment based on race, color, sex (whether of a sexual nature or not), religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression or identify, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Examples include:

  1. Ethnic slurs
  2. The distribution of racially offensive communication digitally or otherwise
  3. Threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts directed at a particular group

Harassment does not require an intent to offend. Thus, inappropriate conduct meant as a joke, a prank, or even a compliment can lead or contribute to harassment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is a specific type of discriminatory harassment.

The Foundation prohibits conduct that constitutes or could lead or contribute to sexual harassment.

Examples of such conduct are:

  1. Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions
  2. Inappropriate touching of an individual’s body
  3. Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or appearance
  4. Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual;
  5. The use of computers (including via the Internet) or the e-mail system to display or distribute sexually explicit images, message, or cartoons.

REPORTING

Any and all complaints or reports of violations of the above should be reported directly to erothkrug@jamesbeard.org. We vow to evaluate each complaint with the utmost sincerity.

VIOLATION

We employ a one strike policy. Any mentor found in violation of any of the above points will be removed from the OpenForGood.com platform immediately and will not be permitted to return.