Inspired by the mentorship/femtorship of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (Women Active in Letters and Social Change) Summer Institute, I created Creating Bridges through Mentorship in 2011 as a virtual and creative space for first generation college students and underrepresented students in higher education, who are thinking about applying to graduate school. Feminist writer Gloria E. Anzaldúa says, “Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar.” I believe puentes or bridges are created with mutual support as we navigate privileged spaces of higher education. I welcome people yearning for mentorship/femtorship and/or who can serve as mentors/femtors to connect with Creating Bridges. Soon, we’ll find the line between mentors/mentees will blur.
Local and National Workshops: (Please contact me to facilitate a workshop in your area.) These workshops walk students through the complex process of applying to graduate school, such as distinguishing between undergraduate and graduate schooling, personal statement strategies, and the importance of developing professional relationships with faculty.
Creating Bridges through Mentorship Zine: (Download PDF copy of Zine.) This zine breaks down the graduate application process to its most simplified version. It also provides helpful tips for first-generation, working-class students.
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