ERIC Number: ED418613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-27
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring Using Identity Development Theory: Retaining Students of Diversity.
Dollarhide, Colette T.
This paper proposes a model of mentoring that is merged with identity development theory, that provides suggestions for ways in which college faculty coming from any cultural perspective can provide a meaningful mentoring in an effort to retain students of diversity. After discussing the role of mentoring in attracting and retaining students of diversity and the mentoring process, the paper introduces a new approach to mentoring. This model involves the building of a relationship, both inside and outside the classroom, in which faculty are sensitized to the stages of identity development that affect the mentoring relationship for students of color. It examines six stages of development (naivete, internalized negative messages and conformity, confusion, naming, reflection, and multiperspective internalization) and suggests mentoring strategies that focus on personal as well as academic development. The paper argues that developing sensitivity to issues of identity development, empowering students to find their own answers within the discipline, and advocating for students are the ultimate goals of the model. (Contains 31 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity Formation
Note: Paper presented at the Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism (Wichita, KS, October 27, 1997).