Tips for mentoring from a place of racial privilege: Opinion

January 14, 2020

In her higher ed administrative role, Amanda Cornwall was assigned an exciting new job: create programming to support 12 underrepresented minority STEM PhD students. However, the author was concerned about how her position as a "middle-aged, middle-class white woman" would affect her mentorship role. Reflecting upon the author’s work with these students, Cornwall offers six suggestions for white administrators in higher ed to consider when mentoring and advocating for minority students: do not try to supply all mentoring supports alone; learn more about best practices in mentoring; ask for feedback; don't avoid difficult topics; provide practical help as well as emotional support an encouragement; and be open about your position, your awareness of your privilege, and how you navigate it. Inside Higher Ed (International)