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ERIC Number: EJ1095046
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Cross-Cultural Mentoring: A Pathway to Making Excellence Inclusive
Crutcher, Betty Neal
Liberal Education, v100 n2 Spr 2014
Cross-cultural mentoring involves an ongoing, intentional, and mutually enriching relationship with someone of a different race, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, or nationality. Generally more experienced, the cross-cultural mentor guides the intellectual and personal development of the mentee over time. At its best, this relationship is built on a foundation of what the author calls "the three Vs": values, virtues, and vision. The identification of "values" that are held in common, even across difference, leads to the development of trust and understanding. The cultivation of "virtues"--the abilities and ways of knowing that enable one to deal with various personalities, cultures, and experiences--enables one to maintain individual and institutional boundaries and to overcome barriers between people. The commitment to a vision of inclusive excellence inspires one to clear educational pathways and help others overcome obstacles and limitations. In this article, the author shares the importance to mentor cross-culturally and best practices for cross-cultural mentoring.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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