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Best Practices: Types of White Mentors Students of Color Come Across in Academia


The current literature on mentoring lacks the perspective of students of color relationship with their white mentors. As more students of color enter historically white institutions, they will find they have limited options for mentors of color, thus increasing the need of a focus on how the behaviors of white mentors impact their students of color. Marisela Martinez-Cola, Assistant Professor in Sociology at Utah State University, a Latina with approximately 25 years of experience as a student in historically white academic institutions, starts the conversation in this important area of study with her article, Collectors, Nightlights, and Allies, Oh My! White Mentors in the Academy, where she uses autoethnography based in Critical Race Theory counternarratives to identify, describe, and discuss three roles white mentors play for students of color.

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