Title

Ethical and Effective Cross-Cultural Mentoring

Conference Strand

Practice, Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions

Abstract

As Counseling programs become more diverse, cross-cultural mentoring will occur, leading to better student outcomes. This presentation details the experiences of three Master's students who have been mentored by a faculty member who is culturally-different and will give the participants ways to support students through cross-cultural mentoring. Sections F.8. and F.11.c. of the ACA Code of Ethics will be discussed.

Description

According to Gasman and Abiola (2015), cross-race mentoring works when both parties are honest about race and racial issues. Liao and Sanchez (2015) posited that cross-racial supervision led to less perceived racism. Because CACREP requires counseling programs to be more diverse, the incidences of cross-racial/cross-cultural mentoring increase. Faculty make-up is not as diverse as student make-up. Mentors and mentees must be honest about race and racial issues, culture and cultural issues, and how these issues impact the mentoring relationship. Using the lived experiences of three Master's students who have a mentor who is racially- and culturally-different, this presentation will demonstrate how counseling professionals and faculty can maximize the potential of racially- and culturally-different mentees, which could lead to retention of diverse students. Participants will:

  • Learn about research regarding cross-racial/cross-cultural mentoring
  • Learn the benefits of cross-racial/cross-cultural mentoring
  • Learn best practices to create and effective mentoring relationship
  • Discuss the sections of the ACA Code of Ethics which address faculty/student relationships--Section F.8. and Section F.11.c.

Evidence

Liao, L. C. & Sanchez, B. (2015). An exploratory study of the role of mentoring in the acculturation of Latino/a youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(7), 868-877

M. Gasman and U. Abiola (2012, April 25). Black and white: Making cross-race mentoring work and work well. Retrieved from https://diverseeducation.com/article/31390/

Reddick, R. J. (2009). Fostering cross-racial mentoring: White faculty and African American students at Harvard College. In S. Sánchez-Casal and A. Macdonald (Eds.), Identity in education (pp. 65-102). New York: Palgrave Macmillan

The Minority Corporate Counseling Association (2017). Mentoring across differences: A guide to cross-gender and cross-race mentoring. Washington, DC: Abbott, I. O. and Boags, R. S.

Format

Individual Presentations

Biographical Sketch

David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS is a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University.

Steven Taragono is a graduate student in the Department of Professional Counseling.

Taylor Gurley is a graduate student the Department of Professional Counseling.

Suni Sharma, M.A. LAC, NCC, is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Montclair State University.

Location

Session Three Breakouts: Embassy Suites Salon C

Start Date

2-7-2020 2:30 PM

End Date

2-7-2020 3:45 PM

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Feb 7th, 2:30 PM Feb 7th, 3:45 PM

Ethical and Effective Cross-Cultural Mentoring

Session Three Breakouts: Embassy Suites Salon C

As Counseling programs become more diverse, cross-cultural mentoring will occur, leading to better student outcomes. This presentation details the experiences of three Master's students who have been mentored by a faculty member who is culturally-different and will give the participants ways to support students through cross-cultural mentoring. Sections F.8. and F.11.c. of the ACA Code of Ethics will be discussed.