Women Lead: Mentoring Across Differences


Oct. 26 2020, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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Mentoring relationships between people with very different identities have the potential to be enriching and rewarding experiences.  At the same time, it can be challenging to build a supportive and affirming connection with someone whose life experiences and worldviews are unfamiliar to you.

During this webinar, Dr. Kimberly Griffin will offer insight on navigating identity in mentoring relationships. Drawing on her expertise as a mentoring and equity researcher in higher education, she will offer guidance on establishing equity-based relationships that acknowledge and affirm identity.  She will also present and lead the audience in discussion about specific ways identity exploration can help build trust and connection between mentors and mentees.

This session will cover:

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  • Common challenges faced in mentoring relationships between people who have different identities, experiences, and worldviews
  • A definition of "good mentoring" and how it incorporates affirmation of identity
  • A framework for developing an equity-based mentoring practice

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Dr. Kimberly Griffin is a Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the University of Maryland and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs in the College of Education. Dr. Griffin’s research explores how the experiences and environments college students and faculty encounter shape their outcomes, specifically their relationships, achievement, and career development. Her work has focused in
three intersecting areas: diversity within the Black higher education community; mentoring and professional development; and efforts to increase diversity in graduate and faculty communities. Her interest in these areas have led her to pursue research in several areas, including high achieving students of color, diversity and racial climate, Black faculty members; participation in mentoring relationships, and factors promoting diversity in graduate education.

Dr. Griffin was recognized with the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2013, and was named an Emerging Scholar in 2010 and Diamond Honoree in 2020 by ACPA. She was also awarded the Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students award by ACPA in 2018. Her research has been funded by the Burroughs Welcome Fund, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation, and she currently serves as co-PI on two NSF-funded projects. She regularly speaks at professional conferences and meetings and has published her work widely in peer reviewed journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Teachers College Record. She sits on multiple editorial boards and is the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

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