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Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk – Sister Resisters: Mentoring Black Women on Campus

Date: Sep. 19, 2022, 12:00 PM EST The book, Sisters Resisters, provides a multifaceted approach that encourages change & growth for mentees & mentors in cross-racial mentorships in higher education. In this virtual book talk, Janie Victoria Ward, Ed.M.’81, Ed.D.’86, and Tracy L. Robinson-Wood, Ed.M.’83, Ed.D.’88, offer advice for advisors, faculty members, and administrators, who […]

Access to Higher Education: Supports for Homeless and Foster Youth

By Rachelle Robins, American Youth Policy Forum Young people experiencing homelessness and those in the child welfare system face unique challenges when it comes to education, including post-secondary education. The National Working Group on Foster Care and Education found that over 70 percent of foster youth want to obtain a college degree, but only half […]

E-mentoring in higher education: A structured literature review and implications for future research

Tinoco-Giraldo, H., Torrecilla Sánchez, E. M., & García-Peñalvo, F. J. (2020). E-Mentoring in Higher Education: A Structured Literature Review and Implications for Future Research. Sustainability, 12(11), 4344. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114344 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentorships are known for helping students stay in school and achieve academic success. Due to the growing prevalence of online or distance […]

New dissertation explores the persistence of first-generation college students during COVID-19

Beckman, C.M. (2022). How First-Generation Undergraduates Persisted During COVID-19: Adaptive Capital? [Doctoral Dissertation, Saint Mary’s College of California]. ProQuestDissertations Publishing. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There are different persistence and retention rates between first-generation (FC) college students and continuing-generation college students (CS). Evidence also indicates that people who have a bachelor’s degree can have […]

College mentors are helpful: But too many students aren’t finding them

Having a professor, adviser or other mentor can greatly help in navigating college and launching a career, but many students aren’t seeking out such relationships. By Melissa Ezarik, Inside Higher Ed In a recent check-in with a University of Kentucky doctoral student, associate professor Melinda Ickes detected an all-too-common issue: overinvolvement. “She was struggling with […]

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, 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 sit back […]

[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 […]

3 Interactions With a Mentor Can Help a Student Graduate. Here’s How.

By Goldie Blumenstyk Produced by Carmen Mendoza Following is a transcript of the conversation. “College to most students is that experience. It’s stepping onto a campus, feeling like a stranger in a strange land. And there’s so much that can be accomplished in college when someone has the right relationships at the right time.” —Jackson […]

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

Making the college transition: New study explores mentoring among foster youth

Gowdy, G., & Hogan, S. (2020). Informal mentoring among foster youth entering higher education. Children and Youth Services Review, 105716.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105716 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: This study explores what kinds of informal mentors foster youth preparing to enter a four-year university have access to, as well as how this affects the support foster children […]