This programme entails students in all disciplines and years of study being assigned staff mentors who are academic members of staff or Senior University Administrators to mentor them. The mentors help students in all aspects of their life so that they can make informed decisions in their academic, social and career life.
Initially the programme targeted first year students as they joined the University in order to help them settle faster and guide them in making the right choices and decisions. However, the programme has extended to include mentorship of all Kenyatta University students in all years of study. Additionally, the programme has extended to other Kenyatta University campuses: Ruiru, Parklands, Kitui and Mombasa. Currently, the programme has 268 staff mentors attending to 4,072 mentees. For coordination purposes, all staff mentors in the programme have to register formally with the mentoring office. On the same note, students have to register as mentees with the mentoring office in order to be assigned staff mentors.
The Mentoring Programme does not charge any fee for students to get mentors and the only requirement is two pass port sized photos and filling mentees forms and immediately one is assigned a mentor.
Through the mentoring process, mentors share experiences with their mentees and assist them on one to one relationship to make informed decisions and choices related to academic, career, social and personal goals. The process is guided by a well stipulated mentoring Policy and Code of Conduct and Ethics. There is also a manual, Guidelines for staff mentors, which gives suggestions and simple guidelines for mentors to follow in the process of mentoring. As the policy dictates, there are regular capacity building seminars for all mentors.