1. Mentoring Students of Color for Success, Retention, and Persistence

Mentoring Students of Color for Success, Retention, and Persistence

Event ID: 75202
Session ID: 16746
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Naomi Sigg, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
Credits: Certificate of Attendance


Mentoring Students of Color for Success, Retention, and Persistence

Universities are continuing to see increases in racial and ethnic diversity within their campus communities. However, students of color often feel excluded, invisible or hypervisible, and often report less satisfaction with their educational experiences. Students of color need access to mentors who can assist them in the navigating the campus culture to best ensure their success, retention, and persistence to graduation. Mentors should be equipped with knowledge about the various barriers and struggles that students of color face, including issues such as stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, and daily microaggresssions.

Understanding these barriers and providing strategies and resources to students is critical to their educational success. Furthermore, mentors must be ever-diligent in understanding their own identities and should be given training on basic mentoring skills to be the best support systems for students.

Please join Naomi Sigg as she helps participants assess their campus climate to better understand the experiences of students of color across campus, identify common difficulties faced by students of color, define their understanding of mentorship, and gain skills and tools to best assist students of color.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Learn how to become a critical resource and support system to students of color seeking sustained mentorship relationships that help them overcome institutional barriers
  • Understand the unique needs and challenges students of color experience, and develop skills and tools to assist in their success, retention, and sense of belonging on campus
  • Explore the various ways formal and informal mentorship supports students of color and define your mentorship style
  • Increase your self-awareness by exploring your social identities and educational journey with an eye toward understanding how they shape the mentoring relationships you develop with students
  • Identify and provide resources to combat barriers to success both on and off campus to support their distinct needs, interests and challenges

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