Culturally Aware Mentoring
August 31, 2020

Culturally Aware Mentoring: MyMentor

Mentoring is an important aspect to education, particularly in the STEM and research fields. Although things are different this year, the need for mentoring has not changed. The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) offers a solution: culturally aware guided virtual mentoring, also known as MyMentor. This mentoring is available within NRMN’s virtual community, MyNRMN.

Thus, this semester, take a new approach to mentoring: the MyMentor focus is on culturally aware mentoring and helping individuals grow personally and professionally.

Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, if you’re hesitant to start a new mentoring connection because you don’t know what to expect, there’s no need to worry. Mentees select their preferred Path (Undergraduate, Post Baccalaureate, Graduate, Post Doc, or Jr. Faculty) and the both the mentor and mentee are provided discussion prompts to guide them through topics, both personal and professional. The philosophy behind MyMentor is to develop a person’s confidence and sense of identity in order to help them move forward in whatever trajectory they choose. The prompts are intended to help both the mentee and mentor open up so that they can each grow throughout the duration of the connection.

Most connections take approximately 30 minutes per week over the span of 4-5 months, but this is all flexible depending upon the needs of each individual connection. Additionally, each discussion prompt is customizable so that a mentoring connection can specify exactly what they’re hoping to achieve. Mentors and mentees also have the option to create their own discussion prompts and goals to facilitate their needs.

If you’re still feeling trepidatious about starting a mentoring connection, please reach out and let us know. We would be happy to provide additional insight or even show you the ins and outs of a connection. The most important thing right now is to stay connected, and we’re here to help in any way we can.

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