ERIC Number: ED325005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Mentoring Women and Minorities in Higher Education.
Cordova, Fred; And Others
Some relevant issues concerning the mentoring of women and minorities in the realm of higher education are addressed, primarily focusing on the differences and problems that exist in assisting these two groups of professionals in achieving their career goals. The importance of mentoring and methods that can be used by a mentor in assisting the protege are described, as well as suggestions for improving the quality of the mentoring relationship. In addition, a list of reasons why highly intelligent people either do not succeed or underachieve is provided to assist the mentor in recognizing areas of potential or current difficulty. Two particular problems that sometimes arise when women are being mentored (finding the appropriate mentor and male chauvinism) are discussed, as well as the unique problems involving assisting minorities, which include their difficulties with culture shock, feelings of isolation, and the lack of an established professional support system. Ways in which a mentor can help the mentoring process be more successful for women and minorities are listed and include specific areas of professional skills development. The mentor can provide help in developing coping and stress management skills. Contains 21 references.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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