Moving it Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color

Moving it Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color

The power of effective mentoring in providing junior researchers of color the support they need to thrive will be fully realized only when the institutional climate also changes, a report from the W.T. Grant Foundation finds. Based on insights from grantees of the foundation’s mentoring program, the report, Moving It Forward: The Power of Mentoring, and How Universities Can Confront Institutional Barriers Facing Junior Researchers of Color (36 pages, PDF), provides decision makers who shape the professional environment at universities with strategies for maximizing the benefits of effective mentoring and outlines the responsibilities of the mentor and the mentee as well as the power dynamic that informs the relationship; the collective departmental and cross-departmental responsibilities of those outside the specific mentoring relationship; the institutional barriers that junior researchers of color face related to identity, privilege, and cultural sensitivity; and institutional strategies designed to sustain positive change, with a focus on systemic community-building efforts and diversity work that ensure effective mentoring relationships become routinized rather than matters of chance.

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