Racial Matching and the mentoring relationship: A comparison study Public Deposited

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  • Clark, Keyma
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • The purpose of this thesis is to compare the experiences of two pairs of mentor-mentee relationships in order to investigate the influence of racial matching on the mentoring relationship. I compare the mentoring experiences of two African-American male students participating in the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate program, a school-based mentoring program. One student had an African-American mentor, while the other had a Caucasian mentor. Mentee and mentor interviews were compared to evaluate the personal perspectives on the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate program and the mentoring experience. Mentees and mentors expressed overall satisfaction with the mentoring experience and positive comments on the mentoring relationship. Differences in the mentoring experience based on the race of the mentor were found. Generally, the same race mentor was better able to discuss issues of race with his mentee and being a person of color. The white mentor was focused more on education and career motivations.
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  • Trier, James
  • Noblit, George W.
  • Rong, Xue Lan
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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