This workshop aims to improve mentoring relationships between faculty and minority graduate students. Mentorship has been shown to be instrumental for current and future career success among graduate students. Similar to other dimensions of social life, higher education is stratified along gender and race lines with these master statuses playing important roles in the success, tenure, and promotion of women and racial/ethnic minorities within academia. My previous research has shown that minority graduate students, and minority women in particular, perceive having less respectful advisors and receiving less instrumental support than White graduate students. This workshop will address ways to reduce this racial and gender gap in the mentoring experiences of graduate students, discuss how various mentoring styles conform to the expectations of minority graduate students, and enhance faculty’s sensitivity to how their interpersonal relations with students are perceived. This dialogue will hopefully lead to more positive interpersonal communication between faculty and students.
The Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Graduate School are offering a letter of completion to any UMD faculty, staff, or graduate students who attend four out of five workshops, and complete a short pre-workshop reading and reflection. For this workshop, the article can be found here (Link to article). Pages 898-906 are the most relevant to this discussion. Please reply to this post to post your reflection. If you would prefer to post your reflection under a pseudonym, please do so, but let CTE know who you are if you would like to receive a letter of completion at the end of the workshop series.
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