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Feminist Mentoring Project

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies were awarded this DEI initiative that is centered around the mentorship of trans and non-trans women and non-binary faculty of color, particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx faculty in the context of the pandemic. We recognize and wish to explore how, in addition to the already existing pay gaps and tenure disparities, other care labor inequities are heightened in the current pandemic where certain faculty are expected to take on more elder/spouse/child care, for example.

This mentor program is part of a broader effort by CWGS to facilitate interdisciplinary research on campus by bringing together scholars trained in different methodologies and disciplinary traditions around a common theme (this year’s theme is “Rethinking Mentorship”). When interdisciplinary groups of scholars form broader intellectual communities, it also increases the likelihood that these scholars will go on to have successful research and become long standing members of our faculty. There are good reasons, historically and otherwise, for why we don’t have a good count on LGBTQ+ faculty members. However, we do have data on the attrition rate for Black and Latinx faculty, particularly women.

This program is designed to fill in the existing gaps of knowledge that we have about the intersectional experiences of women and non-binary Black, Indigenous and Latinx faculty at UT by cultivating information gathering, storytelling, mentorship and problem solving in a peer-to-peer mentorship and community-building model.

Our mentor program is innovative in a number of ways: We will seek to create and test out a new model of mentoring that is non-hierarchical and peer-to-peer. We want to counteract the data-driven fact that traditional mentoring models, where senior faculty are paired with junior faculty ensures that younger queer and non-queer faculty of color are mentored by older non-BIPOC colleagues. We plan to do this by creating a mentor program with a cohort of faculty who learn from each other, building on different knowledge bases and areas of experience (rather than merely seniority) to guide and support each other on their journeys through tenure, promotion and potential transitions into administration. We believe that a more successful and sustainable model can be designed in this way.

Goals:

  • Facilitating women and non-binary faculty of color’s ability to successfully navigate tenure, promotion and potential moves into administration at UT.

  • Addressing and diagnosing the impact of misogyny, transmisogyny, misogynoir and transmisogynoir amongst faculty of color, particularly as it affects department climate and faculty retention and promotion

  • Creating a community of peer to peer mentorship

  • Connecting participants to community networks

  • Redefining narratives of faculty success

  • Supporting diverse professional development

  • Metrics for Evaluation

 

 

 



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