While mentorship has been shown to be critical in helping graduate students persist and complete their studies, and enter upon and succeed in their academic careers, the under-representation of faculty of color and women in higher education greatly reduces the opportunities for graduate students from these selfsame groups to find mentors of their race, ethnicity or gender.Recognizing that mentoring across gender, race and ethnicity inserts levels of complexity to this important process, this book both fills a major gap in the literature and provides an in-depth look at successful mentorships between senior white and under-represented scholars and emerging women scholars and scholars of color. Following a comprehensive review of the literature, this book presents chapters written by scholars who share in-depth descriptions of their cross-gender and/or cross-race/ethnicity mentoring relationships. Each article is co-authored by mentors who are established senior scholars and their former protégés with whom they have continuing collegial relationships. Their descriptions provide rich insights into the importance of these relationships, and for developing the academic pipeline for women scholars and scholars of color. Drawing on a comparative analysis of the literature and of the narrative chapters, the editors conclude by identifying the key characteristics and pathways for developing successful mentoring relationships across race, ethnicity or gender, and by offering recommendations for institutional policy and individual mentoring practice. For administrators and faculty concerned about diversity in graduate programs and academic departments, they offer clear models of how to nurture the productive scholars and teachers needed for tomorrow’s demographic of students; for under-represented students, they offer compelling narratives about the rewards and challenges of good mentorship to inform their expectations and the relationships they will develop as protégés.
FOREWORD—Christine A. Stanley PREFACE—Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner 1. WHAT DOES THE LITERATURE TELL US ABOUT MENTORING ACROSS RACE/ETHNICITY AND GENDER? —Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner and Juan Carlos González 2. BUILDING CROSS-GENDER MENTORSHIP IN ACADEME. A Chicano-Latina/Filipina Relationship Built on Common Scholarly Commitments—Juan Carlos González and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner 3. SOCIALIZATION IN ACADEME. Reflections on Mentoring by a Latina-Filipina Mentor and an African American Male Protégé—J. Luke Wood and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner 4. BREAKING THROUGH RACIAL AND GENDER BARRIERS. Reflections on Dissertation Mentorship and Peer Support —Edward P. St. John, O. Cleveland Hill, Ontario S. Wooden, and Penny A. Pasque 5. LATINA FACULTY AND LATINO MALE STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROCESSES. Aprendiendo y Compartiendo Juntos—Jeanett Castellanos and Mark A. Kamimura-Jiménez 6. A CRITICAL RACE JOURNEY OF MENTORING—Dimpal Jain and Daniel Solorzano 7. CROSS-GENDER MENTORING FROM A CARIBBEAN PERSPECTIVE—Christine A. Stanley and Dave A. Louis 8. AUTOETHNOGRAPHY/TESTIMONIO, COMMON SENSE RACISM, AND THE POLITICS OF CROSS-GENDER MENTORING—Elvia Ramirez and Alfredo Mirandé 9. ANALYSIS OF THE MENTOR-PROTÉGÉ NARRATIVES. Reflecting The Literature—Juan Carlos González and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner 10. ANALYSIS OF THE MENTOR-PROTÉGÉ NARRATIVES. Contributing To The Literature and Emerging Mentoring Model for Practice—Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner and Juan Carlos González ABOUT THE EDITORS ABOUT THE AUTHORS INDEX
“Two of the most fundamental questions about mentoring are: (1) ‘How do we know that mentoring makes a difference? and, (2) What does effective mentoring look like or feel like?
This is a book that speaks to these questions and examines them through phenomenology – from the lens of those who enter, experience, and benefit directly from mentoring relationships. If you are a graduate student, faculty member, college or university administrator, and an aspiring academic, this book will speak to you!
There are books on mentoring and mentoring relationships, yet few that take a look at the relationship across gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as from other lenses and experiences such as what you will encounter here. This book has the potential to influence mentoring practice, processes, and policies by bringing issues that many of us still find uncomfortable talking about in academia – the micro and macro-aggressions associated with the experiences of women and faculty of color in higher education – into focus. We espouse that cultivating the next generation of academics of color is important and a reality for countless reasons; however; we often underestimate the impact an effective mentoring relationship can have on that generation. Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender is insightful and informative and can help us to experience mentoring relationships in deeper and impactful ways to bridge the gender, social, and cultural divide.”
Christine A. Stanley, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
Texas A&M University