Branching out as a mentor
Department or Administrative Unit
Two years ago, the vice president for student life at my university asked me to serve as a faculty adviser of a student group. I enjoy mentoring and have worked with a number of student groups over the years, but this offer was different. The group—called Brother 2 Brother (B2B)—is largely composed of African American and Latino students. It has a good reputation for fostering a supportive environment for male students who find themselves in the minority in virtually every other situation they encounter across campus. But I was reluctant to get involved because I didn’t see myself as the right person for the job. What would a 52-year-old white male professor raised in largely white northern Appalachia have to offer?
Hickey, B. (2020). Branching out as a mentor. Science, 368(6492), 786. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.368.6492.786
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