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New research investigates the benefits of mindfulness for college mentors

Editor’s Note: Mentor training is a key piece of many mentoring programs. Mentor-centric skills are an area that is less-studied than the ways in which mentors can relate to their mentees, foster quality relationships, and so on. This study takes Read the rest

Mentors help first-generation college students succeed

Fruiht, V. and Chan, T. (2018). Naturally Occurring Mentorship in a National Sample of First-Generation College Goers: A Promising Portal for Academic and Developmental Success. American Journal of Community Psychology (2018) 0:1–12.

Editor’s Note: Professor Veronica Fruiht continues to produce Read the rest

Can mentoring create better citizens: These findings suggest so!

Editor’s note: For years, scholars have argued that one of the benefits of serving as a mentor is that it awakens the adult to the problems facing today’s youth. Many of us have seen the potential benefits of connecting middle-class Read the rest

Mentoring gives a second chance to college students with mental health struggles

Written by Megan Thielking, www.statnews.com

Evan Jones was excited when he signed up for a contemporary art class at community college. Then the professor announced the course would focus heavily on class participation.

“That was the first class that I … Read the rest

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Veronica Fruiht

Written by Kirsten Christensen

Veronica Fruiht is an Assistant professor and researcher at Dominican University of California. Her research interests center around the construct of hope and mentoring relationships among young people. Specifically, Dr. Fruiht is interested in understanding and Read the rest

Mentoring key piece of the puzzle in reducing STEM attrition

Written by Charlie Wood, the Christian Science Monitor

As a freshman, Stephanie Mula found the University of Massachusetts’s engineering program “overwhelming.” A first-generation college student, she wasn’t sure what to expect, how to get the most out of her classes, … Read the rest

PBS NewsHour: Why first-generation students need mentors who get them

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PBS’ September 20, 2016, podcast of their NewsHour series tackled the importance of mentors to first-generation college students. To access the podcast, click here. You can find the transcript of the essay from novelist Jennine Capo Crucet below, as Read the rest

It’s not what you know….: The case for a networked approach to mentoring

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by Jean Rhodes

According to a recent Gallup poll  successful college students have one important thing in common–they all had one or more teachers who were mentors who took an interest … Read the rest

A conversation with Jefferson Singer: The Posse Scholar campus mentoring program

Jefferson SingerBy Justin Preston

This week we sat down with Jefferson Singer, Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College at Connecticut College. Dean Singer has been serving as a faculty mentor and now director of the Connecticut … Read the rest

Muhlenberg College will require students to recruit mentors from a database of parents and alumni.

848_nota_mentorBy Ellen Wexler

John Williams thinks every student should have a mentor, someone who can act as counselor, sounding board, advice giver — and maybe, if the student is lucky, someone who can open doors in the working world.

But Read the rest