UGA Mentor Skills: Lessons From 40 Years of Mentoring for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
In the wake of the recent racial events and racial reckoning in which the country finds itself, there is more than ever a need for mentoring those who may be different from those we may ordinarily deal with. Have you wanted to help, but aren’t sure quite how? Do you even feel like you don’t want to do the wrong thing? You don’t want to seem “uniformed” or awkward? Do you want to find a safe space to be able to voice all of this in an effort to make things more comfortable/doable? Come, let’s spend some time together working on it. We can pool our experiences, including what I’ve learned in 40 years of doing this work, that would be part of why UGA would create a new permanent endowment that yearly provides $1000 to a faculty member demonstrating a significant commitment to Diversity & Inclusion as the Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Inclusive Community Award.
After attending this session you will:
Have a very different way of thinking about diversity
Have the means to analyze your own thoughts and bases for how you deal with others
Discover specific ideas for how to more effectively engage in mentoring and inspiring those different from yourself
Have a deeper understanding of how DEI&B works and how to intentionally contribute to it.
Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, tenured associate professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, is a cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), both in Washington, DC. She is licensed to practice law in DC and six federal jurisdictions. With over 50 awards and recognitions for teaching and service, including the 2019 Minority Services and Programs Honored Trailblazer recognition, the 2017 award for UGA’s best Diversity & Inclusion program, 2016 Women’s Studies Professor of the Year and one of UGA Student Government Association’s ten Outstanding Professors