The School of Graduate Studies is delighted to partner with Douglass Residential College to organize the Mentoring for Social Justice and Community-Building Project. The goal of the project is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between current graduate students and undergraduates committed to advancing social change through their scholarship and advocacy. We hope you will consider joining us for one or both of the following events. Details below and flyer attached. Email Briana Bivens at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Mentoring for Social Justice and Community Building, Part 1: A Community Conversation
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
10:00-11:30 A.M. ET on Zoom
Register at go.rutgers.edu/mentoringforsj
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and power of community in times of crisis. Mentoring relationships can be one such site for support and community-building as we navigate transitions in our research, personal, and professional lives.
Graduate students often serve as mentors in research settings with undergraduate students, in professional settings, and/or in peer relationships as students build communities of support throughout their academic study. Graduate students across all disciplines are invited to join for a community conversation with a panel of Rutgers faculty and staff members engaged in equitable mentoring as they explore what it means to provide mentorship in a way that practices social justice, enacts feminist principles, and supports students in their own efforts to challenge injustice. Then, graduate students will reflect in breakout rooms and collaboratively explore strategies for applying social justice principles to their own mentoring practice in their discipline. Graduate students should register in advance at go.rutgers.edu/mentoringforsj.
-Madinah Elamin, Director of Mentoring, Douglass Residential College
-Karen Hale, Senior Mentoring and Education Program Coordinator, Collaborative Center for Community-Engaged Learning and Research
- Mentoring for Social Justice and Community Building, Part 2: Student Perspectives
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
10:30am-11:30 A.M. ET on Zoom
Register at go.rutgers.edu/mentoringforsj2
In this conversation, graduate students will hear from a panel of Douglass Residential College undergraduate students on their experiences in mentoring relationships. These students will share their feedback on a diverse range of perspectives including serving as mentors, being a mentee, and what they wish they would have known about the mentor-mentee relationship prior to participating in a mentoring program. Graduate students should register in advance at go.rutgers.edu/mentoringforsj2.
The goal of the Mentoring for Social Justice and Community Building Project, organized by Douglass Residential College and the School of Graduate Studies, is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between current graduate students and undergraduates committed to advancing social change through their scholarship and advocacy.
Through training in justice-oriented approaches to mentorship, graduate students will build their leadership capacity and learn strategies for mentorship and collaboration grounded in social justice frameworks. Then, graduate students will be invited to apply to operationalize their learning by facilitating affinity group dialogues with Douglass undergraduate students in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. More details to come!