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Everyday acts of resistance: New study shows how mentors support undocumented youth

Sánchez, B., Garcia-Murillo, Y., Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., Thursby, K., Ulerio, G., de los Reyes, W., Salusky, I. R., & Rivera, C. S. (2022). Everyday Acts of Resistance: Mexican, Undocumented Immigrant Children and Adolescents Navigating Oppression With Mentor Support. Journal of Research on Adolescence.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12755 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Having an undocumented status is associated with […]

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 social […]

New study examines how social class bias influences youth mentoring relationships

Spencer, R., McCormack, M. J., Drew, A. L., Gowdy, G., & Keller, T. E. (2021). (Not) minding the gap: A qualitative interview study of how social class bias can influence youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22737 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: It’s common for mentees from low-come families (many who are also […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Are supportive relationships enough? The great debate continues

by Jean Rhodes In their provocative new paper, Back to the Future: Mentoring as Means and End in Promoting Child Mental Health, mentoring experts Tim Cavell, Renée Spencer & Sam D. McQuillin make the case for several approaches, including the “supportive mentoring” approach, wherein the “mentoring relationship is not intended as a targeted intervention designed to produce […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Below is a profile of Professor Johanna Greeson. Johanna’s excellent new book will be out next month!  by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to […]

Mentoring and the New Science of “Wise Interventions”

  In his influential paper, The New Science of Wise Intervention, Stanford psychologist Gregory Walton argued for the importance of first developing psychologically precise theories of change that target the processes (e.g., maladaptive thoughts, behaviors, feelings, environments) that impede thriving and then developing interventions that efficiently target and alter these processes. Changes in these processes […]