Essay On Mentoring

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This section will define mentoring and provide an overview of the impact of these relationships can have on students. Furthermore, the section will examine how culturally responsive mentoring can be used as an intervention method by higher education institutions. The concept of mentoring in academic literature goes back to Homer’s Odyssey, which is a poem from ancient Greece written over 3000 years ago (Colley, 2002). The Odyssey tells the story of the King Odysseus’s lengthy travels undertaken to return from the Trojan War. During the King’s absence, he entrusted his kingdom and the care of this infant son to Telemachus, a friend of many years to the king (Colley, 2002; Miller, 2002; Tolentino, 1999). The relationship between the king and Telemachus was seen as a one that developed over years based on mutual affection and respect. According to Otto (1994), mentoring is a relationship based on mutual respect and made by choice although the mentor has perceived success and/or power to influence this mentee. Daloz (1986) defines mentoring as a person who takes the time to help navigate a person through unfamiliar environments. Although the goal of mentoring relationships may differ depending on the relationship and the environmental setting, most mentoring relationships center on the goal of gaining knowledge (Eby, Rhodes, &…show more content…
According to the authors, culturally responsive mentoring is an effective tool to combat the achievement challenges faced by African American males (Mitchell & Stewart, 2012). The authors examined data from the African American Male mentoring program at Penn State University. Based on their findings, they were able to conclude that culturally responsive mentoring does increase academic achievement and retention of Black males (Mitchell & Stewart,
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