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Plenary Session II: Mentoring Across the Cultures Moderator: Betty Neal Crutcher, Ph.D. Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts.

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1 Plenary Session II: Mentoring Across the Cultures Moderator: Betty Neal Crutcher, Ph.D. Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

2 Rationale: Problems in the U.S. Educational System  Minority students lack full access to higher education.  Even when they enter college, the educational system privileges majority students.  Cross-cultural mentoring is one proven response.  My own life experience reinforces these points.

3 My Definition  Mentoring involves an ongoing, intentional and mutually enriching relationship between two individuals. The mentor, who is usually more experienced, interacts intensively with another to guide that individual’s intellectual and personal development. This guidance occurs over time and regularly and is not done for personal gain.

4 Traits of a Good Relationship  Key traits: selflessness, listening, honesty coupled with acceptance, persistence  Mentors and mentees should spend time understanding each other’s social background.  They should work to cultivate their own virtues, values and vision.

5  Dr. Karen Carleton  Dr. Tyrone Spady Today’s Presenters

6 Findings for Research Question 3:  What are the benefits & challenges of serving as a mentor?

7 Challenges  Mentors must devote much of their own personal time and energy to the relationship.  Mentors navigate numerous boundaries (pragmatic, cultural, intellectual, social, personal).  Cross-cultural mentors must navigate the additional boundaries of a cross-cultural relationship.

8 Benefits  Cross-cultural mentors enjoy many intrinsic and extrinsic benefits (cultural proficiency, lifelong relationships, personal satisfaction).  These relationships benefit the mentor as well as the mentee.

9 Summation  Concluding remarks  See handout of article on mentoring  Questions & answers

10 Contact Information  Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher  Dr. Karen Carleton  Dr. Tyrone Spady


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