ERIC Number: EJ1046157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 53
"Comadres" among Us: The Power of Artists as Informal Mentors for Women of Color in Academe
Santamaría, Lorri J.; Jaramillo, Nathalia E.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v22 n4 p316-337 2014
In this article, we, "colegas"/colleagues of color, explore the ways in which the literary and artistic contributions of Gloria Anzaldúa, Octavia Butler, and Frida Kahlo have inspired, nurtured, and profoundly influenced our personal and professional lives as academics. We underscore the importance of mentoring for women of color in academe and educational leadership, particularly the psychosocial functions associated with informal mentoring. Further, we discuss how the lives and contributions of our "mentors" impacted our scholarly journeys, framed by third-wave and decolonial woman-of-color-feminism. In this article, we offer an alternative consideration for women of color in search of suitable mentors, concludes by sharing the lessons we learned from the artists. Thinking about mentoring from the position of alterity adds to the general mentoring discourse and serves to inspire women to consider alternatives when seeking mentorship to reach academic and professional goals.
Descriptors: Mentors, Minority Groups, Females, Women Faculty, Artists, Women Administrators, Feminism, History, Informal Education, Social Attitudes, Social Influences, Reflection, Ethnography, Autobiographies, Socialization
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