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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 […]

Hospitality and tourism students’ perception of formal mentoring programs in higher education

Deale, C. S., Lee, S.-H., & Bae, J.-I.. (2020). Making mentoring meaningful: Hospitality and tourism students’ perceptions of mentoring. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 20(1), 1–22.  https://doi.org/10.1080/15313220.2019.1601051 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that mentoring relationships are beneficial within the context of education Little is know about the ways students studying […]

The impact latino professional development mentoring has in higher education

Salinas, C., Riley, P., Camacho, L., & Floyd, D. L. (2020). Mentoring Experiences and Perceptions of Latino Male Faculty in Higher Education. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 42(1), 117–140. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986319900026 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Several institutes of higher education that make an effort to support their Latino students tend to overlook the […]

Mentors for all

By Chris Palmer, American Psychological Association In the spring of 2013, Mei Chen was seeking advice on applying to graduate school. She wrote emails to a handful of professors asking for guidance but got no response. A few weeks later, she wrote to a few others. Again, no response. In reality, though, there was no […]

Research highlights the role of mentors for students in higher education

Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training And Education In Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13. doi:10.1037/tep0000167 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Note: Academic mentors shaped the academic experiences of graduate students. This article specifically explored the role of mentors in clinical psychology […]