Mentoring and Support
The DSU Women’s Resource campus activities are meant to supplement our focus on the power of professional female mentoring.
What is Mentoring?
Usually distinct from peer-to-peer mentoring or having a course advisor, we encourage majoring female students to identify a female faculty or staff who can serve as role models and nurture their academic/professional success.
Some important Mentoring guidelines include the following:
- Define objectives
- Be flexible
- Find the right mentor-mentee match
- Track and measure
- Set boundaries/provide the language and guidance
- Set a closure time and process
- BROADCAST your success!
— from Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, Mentoring Workshop at DSU, August 16, 2013
What does it take to be an effective female faculty/staff mentor?
- Attend WRC-sponsored fall mentoring workshop & spring mentoring panel discussions
- Consult some mentoring-related resources including those from WRC-sponsored mentoring workshops, such as:
- Conservations on Mentoring Podcast
- Donna Dillingham-Evans List of Resources – pdf
- Sustaining a Culture for Feminist Mentoring: A Plan for Action Video
- Mentoring Resources by Dr. Kristine Lisa Blair – pdf
- Coaching for Success by Dorothy Allred Solomon – pdf
- Raising the (Wo)mentoring Bar – Video
- Principles of Mentorship by Terri Metcalf-Peterson – pdf
- Find a female mentee
- Commit to stay in communication with mentee based on your agreed mentoring time/s
- Teach mentee to create 2-3 goals and identify action steps/plans
- Monitor progress /challenges based on your agreed meeting time/s
- Report mentoring success by participating in WRC’s mentoring surveys (eg: fall mentoring workshops, spring panel discussions, and end-of-SY follow up email surveys)
What does it take to be an effective female mentee?
- Find a female faculty/staff mentor
- Commit to stay in communication with mentor based on your agreed meeting time/s
- Set up goals with mentor and identify action steps/plans
- Work on these goals throughout the semester
- Meet with mentor based on your agreed meeting time/s to share progress/challenges
- Report accomplishments through our WRC Mentoring Success Narratives by contacting our office at 879-4489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What are some campus mentoring opportunities available to you?
Some campus resources to consider to help you get connected:
Capstone Courses and Practicums
Writing and Tutoring Centers
First Year Experience (FYE) Program
Undergraduate Research Program
Faculty Athletic Support (contact Dr. Nate Staheli, FAR at email@example.com)
Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN)-DSU Chapter (for faculty and staff only)
AAUW-St George Branch (off campus) for scholarship recipients
What are some of our mentoring accomplishments?
Lyndsey Craig, Psychology
Carlee Whalen, Theater
Lacy C. Culpepper, Professional/Technical Writing
Katie Patterson-Hulett, Literary Studies
Charity Ann, Literary Studies
Michelene Perez, Dixie State Alumn
Kim New, English Education
Morgan Kirk, Integrated Studies in Psychology/Human Communications
Kambry Jenson, Physical Therapist Assistant
Bailee Christiansen, Literary Studies
Haylie Greenhalgh, Graphic Design
Jennifer Harrington, Nursing
Note to female students/faculty/staff: If you’d like to share your own mentoring stories on this page, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set an appointment. Short video clips, podcasts, and texts are welcome. Thank you.