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Mentoring with a Difference: Guiding graduate students toward their own goals

Mentoring with a Difference


This year’s workshop is intended to explore models of mentoring that don’t rely on simply replicating one’s own choices, assumptions, and career paths.  Faculty mentors and graduate students often differ in significant, sometimes unacknowledged, ways.  These differences might include, for instance, disciplinary background; language and culture; potential career trajectories; identity (such as race, ethnicity, gender, ability, or sexual orientation); economic background; as well as other differences.  A panel of experienced faculty mentors will discuss how they negotiate differences within successful mentoring relationships. Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss when and how differences matter in their mentoring practices; strategies for productively navigating differences (and similarities) in mentoring relationships; and whether and how alternative mentoring structures might be useful for faculty and graduate students.

Free to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty. Lunch will be provided.

Select readings on topics that will be addressed are posted online.




Wednesday, January 15 - Illini Union, Illini Rooms A&B

8:15       Registration and coffee

8:30       Welcome

          Deba Dutta, Dean, Graduate College

          Phyllis Wise, Chancellor

8:45       Panel discussion: Perspectives on Mentoring with a Difference


Andrew Alleyne, Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

Ramona Oswald, Professor, Human and Community Development

Richard T. Rodríguez, Associate Professor, English and Latina/Latino Studies

Andrew V. Suarez, Associate Professor, Animal Biology and Entomology

Moderator:  Siobhan Somerville, Associate Dean, Graduate College

9:45       Break

10:00     Case studies: Mentoring through Difference

10:45     Overview of CIC AGEP Grant “Professorial Advancement Initiative”

          Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean, Graduate College

11:00     Developing Mentoring Networks

12:00     Lunch