ERIC Number: ED396642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
One Solution to Minority Graduate Students' Discontent at Peabody College.
A study of minority graduate student needs at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) found three areas needing improvement: (1) recruiting efforts; (2) social support; and (3) cultural environment. A mentoring program was then designed to address these needs by providing a personal and academic support network for minority students, creating an environment supportive of diversity, and enhancing faculty-student communication. Minority students are recruited before entry at the college. Faculty members are serving as mentors during the program's first year, but in the future experienced mentees will also be encouraged to become peer mentors. Mentors are not limited to those who are members of a minority group, both to expand relationships and increase interactions across campus and because the minority faculty population is small. When possible, formal mentor training sessions are provided; when this is not possible, informal training occurs, with participation of "model" mentors and mentees. Matching of students and mentors is based on shared research interests when possible. Mentor activities include a fall orientation, monthly social events, and a year-end celebration. An interim evaluation of the first year found very positive responses. Program participation increased during the year. Some participant comments are included here. (Contains 14 references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, College Environment, Graduate Students, Helping Relationship, Higher Education, Mentors, Minority Groups, Organizational Change, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Recruitment, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Diversity (Student); George Peabody College for Teachers TN; Vanderbilt University TN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).