Mentor Collective’s recent webinar on “Closing the Opportunity Gap in STEM Through Mentorship” brought our partners Dr. Maureen Biggers of Indiana University and Dr. Aaron Bobick of Washington University in St. Louis Engineering together, to share insights and advice with other leaders in STEM education exploring mentorship to support their underrepresented students.
One of the webinar polls revealed that that 40% of our attendees (most of whom serve as Deans, Provosts and VPs) identified that their greatest challenge in realizing impactful mentorship programs was finding mentors for their URM students.
These mentors are critical to supporting a student’s acclimation to an institution and to offer advice from someone who’s “been there”. As Dr. Biggers shared, helping students develop a vision for what is possible greatly impacts their sense of belonging in the major/field and being retained.
So how does Mentor Collective and its partners, like Indiana University and WashU Engineering, overcome the challenge of finding enough mentors?
For Mae Jemison, the inspiration was largely fictional.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, we hosted our live webinar, “Mentor Collective Dialogues: Adult/Online Learners Share What They Really Need But Aren't Asking For.”
On June 26th, 2018 at 2pm, Mentor Collective will be hosting its second webinar, “Mentor Collective Dialogues: Adult/online learners share what they really need but aren’t asking for.” This moderated panel discussion, hosted by Murray State University’s Dr. Brian Bourke, will aim to dive deeper into the experience of adult and online learners.
At long last, the conversation about adult and online learners–one Shearwater has strived to actively participate in–is starting to change. The needs of adult and online students are often underestimated, and many narratives circulating about this population assume these students come solely for the credits. Contrary to those assumptions, research shows socio-emotional support is crucial to their success as well, and institutions who recognize and address this will rise in prominence and student appreciation.
Lehigh's Managing Director of Student Access and Success Reflects on Peer Mentorship's Key Role in His Overall Student Success Strategy