Mentoring and Advising Resources for Racial Injustice

Elizabeth Sturdy, Director of Mentoring and Advising for Graduate Studies, sent the following email to the mentoring list on June 2, 2020. To receive future messages about mentoring and advising guidance, please subscribe to Graduate Studies' mentoring list.

As our nation mourns and protests the murders and violence against Black people seen recently with, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, we must do more to support our Black graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. I write with resources on how we can better listen, learn, and support during this time. While this is an incomplete list and I am sure more resources will become available in the coming days, I hope it can start conversations and reflections in our work.

In Conversation with Your Mentees

Please read this thread by Angeline Dukes on ways to be supportive.

  • Ask. Ask how your mentees are doing and what resources they need (resource list below).
  • Listen. Let your mentees express how they feel as much as they are comfortable.
  • Assure your mentees the research and work can wait.
  • Act. Take actions to help your mentee get the resources, extensions, or connections they need. Ensure your program is addressing racial injustice and providing resources (here is a recent example from Ecology). Speak to your colleagues and spread the knowledge of resources.

Campus Resources:

Julie Posselt’s Racism and Resistance in Graduate Education Reading List:

Elizabeth Sturdy
Director of Advising and Mentoring

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