The Urban Review

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 551–567 | Cite as

The Power of Dialogue and Meaningful Connectedness: Conversations between Two Female Scholars

  • Christine W. Nganga
  • Makini Beck


In this paper, the authors examine the power of dialogue and meaningful connectedness from their perspectives as female scholars of color. They draw from the feminist co-mentoring literature, which encourages equal balance of power among participants where each person takes on the role of teacher and learner, or mentor and mentee, since both have something significant to contribute. These contributions are rooted in critical dialogue, which places emphasis on humanizing and empowering those involved in the dialogue. Building community and fostering deeper connections and interactions among the co-mentors is also a key component of this framework. The findings revealed three major themes: (1) Developing an academic and scholarly identity; (2) Battling a sense of place and belonging, and; (3) Finding hope and regaining power and agency. This work is significant because it highlights the critical importance and value of mentoring for women of color in the academy, especially when authentic relationships are rooted in ethical care for one another. Additionally, this research further examines how relationships are created, developed, and sustained among scholars.


Mentoring Higher education Dialogue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Human DevelopmentGeorge Washington UniversityNewport NewsUSA
  2. 2.Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA

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