Selection and Pairing of Buddies

Buddies can volunteer by submitting their name to the RA Buddy Program Coordinator in SPA by e-mailing

Buddies will be approved by their managers to take on this role on the basis of two criteria:

1. The employee is in good standing regarding performance; and

2. The employee understands and is committed to HSPH’s research vision and values.

Ideally buddies will also have strong communication and organizing skills in order to help orient the new hire.

Additionally, at the end of the buddy relationship, the Buddy will have the opportunity to nominate as a buddy the new employee with whom you have been working, if you feel he or she fulfills these criteria.

The program coordinator will assign approved buddies to new employees.  Whenever possible, buddies will come from the same department, center or office that the new employee will be working in.