MCRP Mentoring Program - Students

A Program for SCARP's Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) Students

Participating in a mentoring program can be an invaluable experience, enabling you to learn from the experience of others, connect with people working in the field and exposing you to new ideas and opportunities.

The UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Mentoring Program focuses on the unique needs of the planning student population through a tri-mentoring model that matches a first-year and second-year Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) student with a planning professional with a similar discipline or interests. This structure allows first-year students to gain knowledge from both an upper-year student and a professional planner, while second year students gain the opportunity to be both a mentor and a mentee.

The Process

Early September the Mentoring Advisory Board will be formed and includes:

  • a Faculty representative (Jeff Cook, 2016-2017),
  • a student representative from the 1st and 2nd year cohort, and
  • the Student Development Coordinator.

Late September the Mentoring Advisory Board meets to match the triads and all triads will be emailed shortly thereafter.

Why Participate?

Be part of the SCARP mentoring program and explore the unique opportunity to network with industry professionals and gain valuable skills – such as interviewing and professional communication skills – while expanding your knowledge about planning professions.

  • Start to build a professional network with industry professionals and student peers
  • Expand your knowledge about the planning profession
  • Learn from established planners and gain exposure to new ideas and opportunities
  • Build mentoring and leadership skills through the peer-to-peer mentoring component
  • Get involved with SCARP, the Faculty of Applied Science and professional societies such as Planning Institute of British Columbia
  • Gain the opportunity to develop and reflect on your career goals

Field of Expertise from Previous Mentors

Past mentors were professionals from a wide variety of planning fields, including:

  • Community economic development; community engagement
  • Disaster management, recovery and resilience
  • Ecological/environmental planning
  • Film and visual media in planning
  • Food system and security
  • Heritage planning
  • Housing planning
  • Indigenous planning
  • International development planning
  • Land and natural resource planning
  • Local governance
  • Planning law
  • Regional planning
  • Sustainability planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Urban: design, land economics, planning 

What’s expected of you?

Your involvement will span the length of the academic year, from September through to the end of April, with a total time commitment of approximately 15 hours. You will be expected to:

  • Attend the mentee training session and two program events
  • Meet with your mentor at least once per semester in addition to the scheduled program events (this can be virtually if you and your mentor are communicating via-distance)
  • Be available by phone and email to your mentor
  • Develop learning objectives with your mentor and review them periodically throughout the program
  • Complete two reflection forms and an exit survey
  • Agree to and abide by UBC’s Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct

Important Dates

September 18, 2017Application deadline
September 20, 2017Student Mentee training workshop
October 4, 2017Mentoring Kick-Off Event
TBDMentoring Closing Event


Please refer to UBC’s Tri-Mentoring handbook for more information.

Apply Now!

Applications for 2017/2018 academic year are now open. Please apply here:

Applications are due September 18, 2017.


Questions? If you have any questions or want to learn more about the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) Mentoring Program, please contact