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?
Four years ago, we launched a pro-bono project that mentored incoming international students as they matriculated to American institutions. We were working 60-hour weeks in management consulting, but somehow convinced our employer we could juggle our startup alongside a slew of strategy consulting cases. It wasn’t sustainable. So, we took a sabbatical to turn our side project into a full-time job.
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.
Last week, Shearwater took to the road to visit Indiana University, Bloomington, a trip that is always uniquely special. In addition to being the home of four Mentor Collective programs, it is also the alma mater of its co-founder Jackson Boyar. It was made all the more special by a testimonial from a mentee shared during the “Lunch and Learn” co-hosted by Shearwater's Mentor Collective and the school. Despite having a good experience at IU, Erin Powell was struggling to translate those experiences and her qualifications into meaningful job prospects. “Left and right, I was getting denied from employers… even the ones I thought I could fall back on,” she shared via a prepared statement read by Michelle Bartley-Taylor. “I didn’t look good on paper and I sure wasn’t prepared to enter an interview.” As Powell sees it, “This is when Mentor Collective came in handy.”
This week, we shine the spotlight on Borja and Amanda, and the mentor relationship they've developed at Penn State.
This week, we share a recent study demonstrating the effectiveness of programs at two of our partner schools: Tufts University and Northeastern University.