Mentoring and Career Development: 2017 Tuck and Wemigwase

Tuck would like to develop a mentoring framework that will inspire collaboration rather than competitiveness among young scholars.

Eve Tuck is a second-year William T. Grant Scholar. Her prior mentoring experience includes undergraduate and master’s students. In her new position at the University of Toronto, she is mentoring doctoral students for the first time in her career and is working with ten doctoral and three master’s students. She would like to develop a mentoring framework that will inspire collaboration rather than competitiveness. This is particularly important since most of her students are people of color and indigenous women, and she wants to be sure they help one another to become the next generation of scholars. Finally, she hopes to learn strategies for speaking directly about racism and sexism in the academy in a way that emphasizes agency and possibilities for change. The award will support her mentee, Sandi Wemigwase, an indigenous first-year doctoral student in the Social Justice Education program at the University of Toronto. Wemigwase has four goals for this award: 1) to examine how indigenous people are conceptualized as a group and counted as indigenous by their university, particularly at predominately White institutions, and how this can differ from how indigenous youth understand their identities; 2) expand her network of scholars of color, including indigenous scholars; 3) improve her academic writing skills by attending trainings on preparing conference proposals for national conferences, co-authoring two publications with faculty, and writing a sole-authored publication; and 4) expand her mixed-methods research skills by tapping into the expertise of two quantitative researchers who have thought deeply about integrating quantitative and qualitative data.

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