Become a Mentor
Empowering Students to be STEM Visionaries
We believe that talent exists in every community. Connecting underrepresented students to the power of STEM through education, mentorships, and access to financial resources makes all the difference in creating a more diverse STEM workforce.
To accomplish our mission, we partner with STEM mentors who help to uplift upcoming, diverse talent.
What makes a Squared Mentor unique?
One-on-one, consistent, mentorship over time is imperative to the success of future STEM leaders. That is why every student in our programs is paired with a STEM mentor for a one-year, one-on-one mentorship.
Our mentors help students:
- Build their “STEM identity”
- Examine different careers in STEM
- Develop their social capital
- Create a workable plan towards a STEM career.
Throughout the one-year commitment, mentors and mentees build authentic relationships through shared experiences, spend at least 1 hour a month together, and regularly communicate in between meetings.
What programs do
mentors help with?
Community Activation (Community-wide)
Build community around the idea that diversity belongs in STEM via community partners, students, professionals and educators.
Squared Fellows (10th – 12th graders)
Build students’ confidence while exploring college degrees and STEM pathways through one-on-one mentoring.
Squared Scholars (College Students)
Help students develop an understanding of how to navigate college life, create resume building experiences, explore careers, and network to build their social capital.
Squared Interns (High School + College Students)
Guide students on how to leverage internships, apply for jobs, and gain full-time employment at a STEM-driven company.
Want to Support Diverse STEM Leaders?
Apply to become a mentor via the form below
“It was super enriching for me to mentor Mercy, and as an added bonus be welcomed in by her family! It was amazing to be included in their circle and I truly hope that it doesn’t end here.”
“2It was super enriching for me to mentor Mercy, and as an added bonus be welcomed in by her family! It was amazing to be included in their circle and I truly hope that it doesn’t end here.”
“3It was super enriching for me to mentor Mercy, and as an added bonus be welcomed in by her family! It was amazing to be included in their circle and I truly hope that it doesn’t end here.”
Meet our Mentors
Co-Founder & VP of Partnerships
Supervisor, Customer Technical Support
Tandem Diabetes Care
Senior Translational Scientist I
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Diversity Recruiter and Educator
Business Development and Marketing
The LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers
Assistant Director of Outreach & Recruitment
University of San Diego
Director of Data Strategy
The Atlas for Cities
Manager of Business Development
Life science & Biotech Director
Institute of the Americas
Chief Executive Officer
Diversity By Design
San Diego State University
Yes. The goal of SD2 is to connect underrepresented students with those with direct experience working in a STEM-related field.
A mentor can hold any position in STEM. Their position can range from being a CEO to a college student, if they are pursuing a STEM degree. In addition, our mentors should be reflective of the underrepresented community that SD2 serves. Firsthand experience of the challenges our students experience is welcomed and encouraged.