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Friday, November 4 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Mentoring on Mars

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How might mentorship help people to thoughtfully adapt to working in highly diverse environments? Must mentor and mentee act, look, speak, and think alike? Successful mentoring is often defined as harmonious. One of the perceived pitfalls of this relationship is how to respond when the two parties see the world in radically different ways. A traditional remedy is to reassign the mentee to what is thought of as a more compatible mentor. Since the goal of mentorship is to assist in professional growth, mutual compatibility should not be underrated. But before rushing to partner like-with-like, it is wise to consider the benefits of both people learning how to forge new pathways to connect with each other. In this way mentoring becomes a learning space allowing both participants room to practice what it is like to work closely with someone who seems so different. Cultivating a working appreciation of diversity is an expression of inclusive excellence and becomes a transferable skill that powerfully affects the mentor and mentee’s other working relationships. The disciplines of management, academic leadership, and social justice advocacy have successfully employed metaphor to unpack and understand culture and behavior when embracing issues of diversity of thought, diversity of opinion, and diversity of culture. The technique used to access these metaphors, called framing, challenges the individual to view institutions, situations, and people through different lenses to come to an understanding of alternate ways of knowing. In this interactive session two librarian supervisors present two fictitious cases informed by their experience and by the professional literature. Through a series of group activities attendees will be challenged to view these sticky, messy, problematic cases from both the mentor and the mentee’s eyes using the framing technique which will be presented to them beforehand. The goal of these group exercises is not to find one right answer, or to seek group consensus. Instead this session will offer attendees a positive, respectful, and practical mechanism for framing people, situations, and environments in radically new ways in order to relate successfully to the seemingly different, the confusing, the scary, the antagonistic, and the strange. The presenters will provide attendees with a handout summarizing the frames and how to use them, and a bibliography of resources for further investigation.

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Susan Frey

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, Indiana State University

Valentine Muyumba

Technical Services Chairperson, Indiana State University

Friday November 4, 2016 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Tower View Dining Room

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