Center for Faculty Innovation

Cross-Racial Mentoring: Moving Beyond Diversity and Inclusion to Belonging and Co-Creation (Online Scholarly Talk)

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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At a predominantly white institution (PWI), the notion of transforming a university community like ours through diversity and inclusion can feel daunting, if not unattainable, at times. Nevertheless, we have an obligation to move from a place where we talk about being diverse and inclusive to a space where People of Color feel, think, and believe they belong and are engaged co-creators in the meaning-making activities of our educational community. In this scholarly talk, two JMU faculty—one an early-career Black alt-academic with a PhD in Counseling and Supervision, and the other a white mid-career alt-academic—will discuss how they have transformed a small part of our educational community through experiences in a cross-racial mentoring relationship, first as faculty to student, then as faculty to faculty. The facilitators will describe how they utilized Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN), a method of inquiry that can deliver participants to moments of self and social insight, to create opportunities for the exchange of ideas on cross-racial mentoring in a predominantly white educational institution. 



Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Reflecting on the role of mentoring in transforming JMU;
  • Identifying opportunities and challenges that exist for the mentee and mentor;
  • Investigating ways to incorporate evidence-based strategies in their own cross-racial mentee/mentor relationships.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Developing and fostering productive mentoring and networking relationships.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)860-0524.


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