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Blacks in I/O Psychology

Mentorship Program

Details & Testimonials

We are well aware being a minority in undergraduate/graduate programs, and even in workplaces, can be overwhelming. Establishing the  Blacks in I/O Mentorship Program allows for, YOU, our members to interact and learn from those who look like you and/or who are in spaces you hope to reach.

"Mentorship provides access to those who might not otherwise have it...Mentorship builds up a network and opens doors to new relationships that can influence a career trajectory."

Marcus Stevenson, Salesforce

"The mentorship program has had a positive impact on me. The guidance and support, I got through the mentorship is indeed crucial, and I am glad I had the privilege to participate in the Mentorship program which was beneficial to me." ~2022-2023 Mentee

"As an early-career professional, Chad’s dedication to my development shone brightly through opportunities to connect me with his network, providing me with valuable insights for my career and research. His unwavering support has nurtured my development and bolstered my confidence as a young professional in the field. Chad created a safe space where he helped me navigate the complexities of being a first-year master's student."  ~2022-2023 Mentee


  • All current Blacks in I/O members are eligible to apply.
  • A mentee is defined as anyone who is currently an undergraduate student, graduate student or someone who has less than three years of professional experience in the field of I/O.
  • A mentor is defined as a professional working in an I/O-related field and has at least 5 years of experience (or at least 2 years of PhD experience). Additionally, the mentor has a desire to serve as an educator, motivator and role model for aspiring and young I/O professionals.


To participate in the mentorship program, Blacks in I/O would like to uphold the following expectations:

  1. Interested individuals must be current, active members of Blacks in I/O
  2. The full program is an academic year-long engagement, so applicants need to be able to dedicate a year to this relationship.
  3. You get to design your relationship with your mentor/mentee, and we highly encourage dedicating at least 1 hour per month to fostering your relationships.
  4. Mentorship would not be possible without goals, so it is our hope that each mentee, with the help of their respective mentor, will be able to work towards his/her/their goals.


You must be a current member of Blacks in I/O.  

For 2023-2024, the cohort is now in session. 

Check here next year, July 2024!


If there are additional questions regarding the program, please feel free to reach out to please contact Riza Leak at  

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