Article: Mentoring minority trainees: Minorities in academia face specific challenges that mentors should address to instill confidence
Authors: Antentor O. Hinton, Jr., Zer Vue, Christina M. Termini, Brittany L. Taylor, Haysetta D. Shuler, Melanie R. McReynolds
Journal: EMBO Rep. 2020 Oct 5;21(10):e51269.
The art of mentorship was first described in Homer’s Odyssey as the character mentor, who imparted wisdom and shared his knowledge with his less‐skilled contemporaries. In research, dedicated and personalized mentoring helps young scientists to successfully advance through the career pipeline. Great mentors yield great leaders, but mentorship should be tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual mentee. Minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are particularly susceptible to the harsh scientific landscape; we therefore believe it is necessary to acknowledge specific considerations for mentors training minority students. This article provides some background and advice for mentors to positively influence the trajectory of their trainees from all backgrounds and specific consideration for minority trainees.
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