1st Edition

Building Mentorship Networks to Support Black Women
A Guide to Succeeding in the Academy

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ISBN 9780367706098
March 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
252 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new book in the Diverse Faculty in the Academy series pulls back the curtain on what Black women have done to mentor each other in higher education, provides advice for navigating unwelcoming campus environments, and explores avenues for institutions to support and foster minoritized women’s success in the academy.

Chapter authors present critical approaches to advance equity and to achieve trust and transparency in the academy. Drawing on examples of mentoring between Black women students, faculty, and administrators in and outside of the academy from diverse institutional contexts, exploring the use of digital technologies, and framed by theoretical concepts from a range of disciplines, this important volume provides insights on mentoring that can be employed across all of higher education to support the success of Black women faculty.

Full of actionable steps that institutional leaders can take to support the network of mentors it takes to be successful in the academy, this book is a must read for department and university leaders, faculty, and graduate students in Higher Education interested in supporting and fostering mentoring for those most vulnerable in the academic pathway for success.

Table of Contents

Diverse Faculty in the Academy: Series Editors Letter
Fred A. Bonner II

Kimberly A. Griffin, Ph.D., Professor of Student Affairs, University of Maryland



SECTION I. Mentoring Across Rank: Possibility Model Network

Chapter 1. Still Retaining Each Other: Sustained Mentoring
Bridget Turner Kelly and Sharon Fries-Britt

Chapter 2. A Critical Duoethnographic Account of Two Black Women Faculty Using Co-mentoring to Traverse Academic Life
Tonisha B. Lane and Deidre Cobb-Roberts

Chapter 3. Engaging in (De)liberate Dialogue: An Endarkened Feminist Trio-ethnography among Black Teacher Educators
Erica D. McCray, Tianna Dowie-Chin, and Alexandria Harvey

Chapter 4. On Seeing Academics who are Black and Woman: Understanding the Ontological We
Lisa L. Merriweather and Cathy D. Howell

SECTION II. Peer Mentoring Network: Standing in the Gap
Chapter 5. Solidifying our ‘Scholarhood’: Growing (up) Together as Black Women in the Academy
Christa Porter, Tiffany J. Davis, and Ginny Jones Boss

Chapter 6. Contemporary Digital Mentoring Relationships and Community Building among Black Women Academics: "We All We Got"
Tykeia Robinson, Felecia Commodore, and Jennifer M. Johnson

Chapter 7. How #CiteASista Leveraged Online Platforms to Center Black Womxn
Brittany Williams and Joan Collier

SECTION III. Mentoring for Radical Self Care: Centering Self in the Network

Chapter 8. For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Tenure Track got too Rough
Chrystal R. Chambers and V. Thandi Sulé

Chapter 9. Retained by the Grace of Sisterhood: The Making of an African Woman Academic in US Academia
Immaculée Harushimana

SECTION IV. Power of Community Mentoring: Expanded Sister Circle Network

Chapter 10. #BlackWomxnHealing: An Intergenerational Space of Creative Communal Care for Round the Way Blackgirls in Academia
Reelaviolette Botts-Ward

Chapter 11. A Black Professor’s Resistance and Renewal: Journey Reflections with Letters to my Daughter and Educators Who Labor for Freedom and Liberation
Charisse L. Cowan Pitre

Chapter 12. Black Women Faculty- Doctoral Student Mentoring Relationships: SistUH Scholars
Tiffany J. Davis, April L. Peters, Chaunté L. White, and Miranda S. Wilson

Chapter 13. Pathways to Success for Black Women by Black Women
Sharon Fries-Britt and Bridget Turner Kelly

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Bridget Turner Kelly is Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
Sharon L. Fries-Britt is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.