Building Connections Across Difference: Faculty Mentoring as Institutional Change
Academia is a gendered (raced and classed) institution and, as such, is not always welcoming to women and members of other historically marginalized groups. Academia must become more diverse if it is to become more equal, but diversity, as measured only by increased representation, does not assure real change. Faculty committed to institutional change must successfully navigate the structure as it currently exists to work for transformation from within. One such group of faculty is feminist outsiders-within. I suggest that feminist outsiders-within can mindfully engage in mentoring schemes to address privileges embedded in the structure of the institution in order to bring diverse faculty together, foster understanding of different positionalities, and inspire unlikely allies to demand change.
KeywordsFeminist research Feminist outsiders-within Peer mentoring Reverse mentoring Mentoring circles
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