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Mentoring Minorities: Examining Mentoring from a Race and Gender Lens

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Mentoring Minorities: Effective Programs, Practices, and Perspectives

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Minorities in Engineering

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24.899.1 - 24.899.13



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Joi-Lynn Mondisa Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Joi-Lynn Mondisa is a doctoral candidate in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Her research interests focus on examining how mentoring programs and relationships promote the success of African-American STEM undergraduates and how mentoring assists in increasing the retention rates of underrepresented populations in STEM programs.

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Mentoring Minorities: Examining Mentoring from a Race and Gender LensWhat do we truly understand about how race and gender intersect to influence mentoringexperiences, particularly the experiences of African Americans in higher education? Mentoringis frequently cited as a mechanism to support the success of African American undergraduatesand African American faculty. For minorities, isolation is often a key factor in seeking a mentor.Although a mentor may be a plausible solution, there are other factors that must be examined inorder to truly increase the success of African Americans in higher education. An unresolvedconcern is how race and gender affect mentoring relationships. In order to examine many of thefactors influencing mentoring relationships a variety of literature is presented, however, theintent of this paper is to examine how race and gender affect mentoring relations, particularlythose of African American undergraduates.This paper provides a foundation for understanding the roles and intersectionality of race andgender as related to mentoring. Using race theory as a conceptual framework, the paper exploreswhy different groups have different college experiences. From a gender lens, there is anexamination of the role of gender in creating social ordering. It is necessary to understand theroles of race and gender in mentoring relationships in order to proceed with examining how raceand gender intersect to influence mentoring experiences of African American mentors andprotégés in higher education. The goal of this review is to identify, expose and ultimately aid inthe reduction of race and gender constructed obstacles in higher education.

Mondisa, J. (2014, June), Mentoring Minorities: Examining Mentoring from a Race and Gender Lens Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22832

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