This week I was able to present pre-survey data and the reason behind why we are working to increase our cultural responsiveness in mentoring CLD students. There were 15 mentors in attendance and meeting notes were sent out to all particpants the next day.
Mentors expressed an increased awareness just by simply being asked some difficult questions.
Throughout the week I observed and heard multiple mentors asking students about their families and the languages they speak at home. I heard encouragement and praise to students that are bi/trilingual.
I was more in-tune to when/how students were using their native language. Once during this week I picked-up on a time when I thought two girls were speaking in swahili specifically to exclude another girl in the class. This scenario opened the doors for a deep conversation with the students about how knowing multiple languages is a strength, but how it shouldn’t be used to be hurtful to others.
I believe that because of the conversations we are having with mentors about recognizing our differences our mentoring time has been more successful. I see mentors stepping out of their comfort zones to connect with students and I see them pushing themselves to help students academically.
This week I shared with mentors what it means to be culturally responsive (specifically the three dimensions of CRP). And we looked at our demographics which hit home the point of us having these discussions.
Snapshot of demographics:
20 Males (10 African, 7 Hispanic, 2 African- American, 1 White)
16 Females (5 African, 9 Hispanic, 1 African-American, 1 White)
6 Males (1 African, 1 Hispanic, 4 White)
38 Females (6 Hispanic, 32 White)
I have another week to send out professional development information to mentors and staff and then I will begin analyzing post-survey data.