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The Impact of Peer-Mentoring on the Academic Success of Underrepresented College Students

Venegas-Muggli, J. I., Barrientos, C., & Álvarez, F. (2021). The impact of peer-mentoring on the academic success of underrepresented college students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 1521025121995988.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025121995988 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Chilean higher education systems recently started providing opportunities for more formal education. While this helps advance the […]

To Reduce Inequality on College Campuses, Invest in Relationships

Proactive student support and mentorship culture is undervalued in academia, writes Becca Spindel Bassett, who studies inequity in higher ed. By Becca Spindel Bassett, Reprinted from Inside Higher Ed Colleges are more than departments, buildings, and classes. They are organizations composed of resources and relationships. Supportive campus relationships yield resources so valuable that we shouldn’t […]

Study explores underrepresented students’ connections with college-based mentors

Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., Sánchez, B., Salusky, I., & Schwartz, S. E. O. (2021). Historically underrepresented college students and institutional natural mentors: An ecological analysis of the development of these relationships at predominantly White institutions. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22682 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although college is an opportunity for the upward mobility of underrepresented youths, […]

[Webinar] “Imma put the lil homies on next”: Mentoring, mixtapes, and hip-hop-informed approaches to collecting data

Date: Nov 18, 2021 01:00 PM EST Although there’s a growing number of studies on the experiences of Black men in higher education, there isn’t as much research on this subject that incorporates culturally sensitive, arts-based methodologies. The study featured in this event applies hip hop to traditional qualitative methods to create a mixtape* that […]

New study explores how mentoring relationship type, duration, and quality, impact academic and social functioning in college

McClain, C. M., Kelner, W. C., & Elledge, L. C. (2021). Youth Mentoring Relationships and College Social and Academic Functioning: The Role of Mentoring Relationship Quality, Duration, and Type. American Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12539 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Youth mentoring relationships are known for improving social, academic, psychological, and behavioral outcomes for children […]

The Challenges of First-Generation College Students

By Gene Beresin and Khadijah Booth Watkins, Reprinted from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds Currently, around half of all students attending college are the first in their families to do so. First-generation (first-gen) students have many strengths, as shown in the research. They tend to have higher satisfaction in college compared with non-first-gen […]

New study explores individual differences in students’ perceptions and use of undergraduate mentoring

Goodman-Wilson, M. (2021). Individual differences in student perceptions and utilization of undergraduate mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 29(3), 328–348. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1927439 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Although college academic mentoring can make a significant impact on one’s undergraduate experience, there is a limited amount of studies that explore how psychological individual difference factors affect […]

Support matters! New study shows how stress and social support affect underrepresented students’ educational outcomes

Albright, J. N., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). Activism, social support, and trump-related distress: Exploring associations with mental health. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.  https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000316 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest:  The election of Donald Trump encouraged many college students to engage in activism.   While activism can be an empowering and meaningful experience, it can […]

Support matters! New study shows how stress and social support affect underrepresented students’ educational outcomes

  Wittrup, A. R., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). The role of trajectories of stress and social support in underrepresented students’ educational outcomes. Applied Developmental Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2021.1906677 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Many underrepresented college students not only have to cope with stressors that are associated with being in college but also ones that […]

New study investigates how natural mentoring affects college students’ mental health

Le, T. P., Hsu, T., & Raposa, E. B. (2021). Effects of Natural Mentoring Relationships on College Students’ Mental Health: The Role of Emotion Regulation. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12504 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although social support is a major protective factor of college-related stressors, not many studies explore the impact natural mentoring […]