The purpose of the MIT Mentoring Program is to improve GitLab’s ability to attract, retain and engage minority team members. Through this program we can build relationships between team members and develop relationships across GitLab.
Diversity is a core value at GitLab and this program enables GitLab to support this value. In addition to hopefully improving team member retention rates, this program will provide the following for minorities currently employed at GitLab:
During every cycle of this program we end with a virtual showcase for all of the projects the Mentees and Mentors worked on during the program. Through these projects the participants acquire leadership skills, career development support and improved relationships across the organization.
Mentors and Mentees will be asked to complete a questionnaire. The responses received will enable a small, three-person sub committee from the Mentoring Program Working Group to determine the best matches based on the participants who have applied for the program. Some example of criteria that will be used for matching are:
There will be an option to provide the Mentees with a second round of matches in case the first round is not a good fit. Matching may not always be compatible, but we will do our best to ensure successful matches even if we have to start over.
The program will have four phases: