It’s powered by PeopleGrove, an expert in the field, and features ways to engage with Yale: through mentorship, either as a mentor or a mentee; with one-time advice; via an online discussion board to ask questions of fellow Cross Campus users; and by joining groups of interest.
Cross Campus also features links to Yale affiliates and resources to help navigate the website, to make the most of being a Cross Campus member, and to be the best mentor or mentee you can be.
During this pandemic, our new online community can help Yalies in a number of ways. For example, Cross Campus can provide a platform for people to connect with each other, share information and support, and exchange ideas and resources. Volunteers can particularly find new connections and knowledge to reach out to others in need. The overal effect will be less feelings of isolation and loneliness, and the creation of a sense of community and belonging during this difficult time.
As this platform is particularly tailored for mentors and mentees who participate in our mentoring programs, we hope for the following benefits will come to our comunity:
- Increased accessibility and flexibility. Cross Campus can provide greater accessibility and flexibility than traditional in-person mentoring programs, because they can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This can make it easier for people to participate, regardless of their location or schedule.
- Enhanced communication and collaboration. Cross Campus can also facilitate more effective communication and collaboration between mentors and mentees. They can provide a range of tools and technologies, such as video conferencing, messaging, and file sharing, which can help to improve the quality and efficiency of the mentoring relationship.
- Expanded networks and opportunities. Cross Campus can also provide mentors and mentees with the opportunity to expand their networks and connect with others who share their interests or goals. This can help to create new opportunities and connections, and can provide valuable support and resources.
- Improved learning and development. Cross Campus can also support the learning and development of both mentors and mentees. They can provide structured frameworks and resources, such as training materials and feedback mechanisms, which can help to enhance the mentoring process and support the achievement of specific goals.