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Elise Tjernagel
September 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM
5 minute read

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?

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Amma Marfo
August 27, 2018 at 6:05 PM
4 minute read

For Mae Jemison, the inspiration was largely fictional.

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Amma Marfo
July 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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Amma Marfo
June 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM
5 minute read

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.

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Amma Marfo
May 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM
3 minute read

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.

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Maria Van Thienen
May 2, 2018 at 11:10 AM
2 minute read

Lehigh's Managing Director of Student Access and Success Reflects on Peer Mentorship's Key Role in His Overall Student Success Strategy

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Maria Van Thienen
April 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM
2 minute read

This week, we shine the spotlight on Borja and Amanda, and the mentor relationship they've developed at Penn State.

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Mentor Collective Staff
April 11, 2018 at 11:10 AM
2 minute read

This week, we share a recent study demonstrating the effectiveness of programs at two of our partner schools: Tufts University and Northeastern University.

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Mentor Collective Staff
March 17, 2018 at 11:10 AM
2 minute read

Today, we shine a spotlight on the mentor relationship between Charles and Melissa of Northeastern's College of Professional Studies.

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