ERIC Number: EJ798967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Is Cross-Race Mentoring a Negative?
Dolan, Thomas G.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n4 p26-30 Dec 2007
The author discusses cross-race mentoring and examines whether this is necessarily a negative. Here, he presents the opinions of one African-American female Ph.D., two Hispanic female Ph.D.s, and one Hispanic male graduate student, who offer varied perspectives. Ten points are presented: (1) 1. Cross-race mentoring requires extra sensitivity; (2) Cross-race mentoring takes some familiarity with research topics that are often taken up by scholars of color; (3) Cross-race mentoring might begin with an "assignment," but it is built on a relationship; (4) Cross-race mentoring requires work on both sides; (5) Cross-race mentoring requires assuming some responsibility for the mentored individual; (6) Cross-race mentoring is a multifoliate activity, addressing needs expressed by the individual mentored but also those of which the individual might not be aware.; (7) Cross-race mentoring may often mean expressing views that the scholar of color feels strongly about but might be afraid to raise in public meetings; (8) Cross-race mentoring involves sharing opportunities for professional development and promotion, as well as pointing out potential challenges; (9) Cross-race mentoring is not academic cloning, but is the giving of self, expertise, and experience to help others achieve their goal; and (10) Cross-race mentoring requires the majority faculty member to become sensitive to issues that might have seemed unimportant in the past..
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Mentors, Racial Integration, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Racial Attitudes, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Master Teachers
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Education Level: Higher Education
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