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Mentoring Mamis

Hola Mamis!

Take a minute and think about the great mentors you have had in your life. We have all benefited from integral individuals who were willing to offer guidance and support. Their consejos have helped us achieve our goals and be where we are today! 

But how do you decide areas of mentorship for yourself…and how do you make “the ask”?

Here are a few tips to plan and strategize for building your mentor support network:

  1. Create Your Own Mentor/Support Map – The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Bootcamp suggests identifying areas of mentorship as a first step. These areas may include professional development, role models, sponsors, individuals to provide feedback, readers (e.g., manuscripts or tenure materials), and emotional support individuals. The mentor map helps you identify the gaps and overlaps in your mentorship map and build from there! You can also tailor your map depending on your personal and professional needs and goals.
  2. Identify Your Greatest Area of Mentoring Need – Review your mentor map and identify the glaring gaps. For example, perhaps you are set on feedback and sponsorship, but you need additional support in professional development or emotional support. These gaps will help you target the type of help you need for a very specific “ask.”
  3. Search for Mentors – Using your personal and professional networks, cultivate a list of individuals who might support your specific mentorship needs. Look for individuals in your LinkedIn network – even second-degree connections – to identify individuals who you think have excelled in your areas of need. Keep a list of prospective mentors and their contact information.
  4. Make the “Ask” for a Short MeetingDisclaimer: This might feel a super awkward at first. That’s OK! We’ve all been there, and the worst thing anyone can do is say “no.” And we’ve all heard “no” before (probably since the age of 1), and we’re OK! So, get out there and shake it! Send a short and simple message and try to set up a brief meeting.
  5. First Meeting – Set up a meeting day and time that is convenient for them. Have a few goals in mind, but ask about the individual’s work and expertise, particularly related to your area of mentorship need. Get to know the prospective mentor to determine if they are a good fit for you. Ask if you can follow up with them at a specific time (i.e., certain number of weeks or months) and share progress on your goals. Thank them! An email or thank you card work well.
  6. Determine the Relationship – Some mentorship needs are long-term, whereas others are short-term. Consider the length of time you will need to achieve your goals and fulfill your mentorship map. Based on your goals and timeline, ask the mentor if you can share a short list of goals you want to accomplish. This list will help set accountability expectations for their time.
  7. Maintain Communication – If you’re going to ask someone to serve as a mentor in a specific capacity, be sure to maintain communication with them. Be consistent and follow through! Also, an additional thank you card at the end of your mentorship time is always appreciated.

So, what are your mentorship needs, Mamis? What areas need to be addressed or developed in the upcoming year? As you consider your needs and options, we hope you will consider us. We have a variety of experiences in academia and administration, and we would love to support you! Leave a comment or message us!

Have a great week!

-#scholarmami and #vpmami

Building a Revolutionary Business

Hola Mamis!

We recently met with Dr. Stevie Dawn to discuss and plan our business strategy for the next 90 days. We are thrilled with the potential of Mamis on the Move! These are our reflections on building a revolutionary business for Mamis in higher education.

What are your key takeaways from the planning session?

Taryn: After our planning meeting, a few things stood out to me. First, I was surprised by how much we have accomplished in such a short period of time! We have accounts on social media (like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram). We’ve maintained our regular postings and created new material each week for our blog. It’s pretty outstanding, especially since we are both very busy Mamis! 

Also, I love that we have an opportunity to bring our tagline – Intentionally Moving Through – to the forefront of our work. We know Mamis are pulled in many directions. We receive multiple “asks” a day for more time, energy, labor, all the things. It’s exciting to share our strategies on intentional practice through our website and programs (coming soon!). We don’t have to do everything; instead, we can be selective and purposeful in our work. 

Mayra: It was also great to discuss our intention to unapologetically focus on this community: the Mamis community. We want to be inclusive and are always welcoming of all. We are also clear that Mamis on the Move was born out of a need Taryn, I, and many other Mamis have to be able to be in community with other Mamis or Mamis-to-be who also work in higher education.

Like other environments, higher education could be better in many ways, but especially in its development and support of mothers. Mothering is not always welcomed or seen as an asset. Instead, we are told in our graduate programs to “not get pregnant” as our ability to remain focused on our profession will be questioned if we want to have a family. These messages follow us into the classroom and the executive suite.

Just a little secret: becoming a mother made me a much better professional and a heck of a lot more assertive and intentional as an administrator. We are helping other women’s babies! I would want someone to fight ferociously to ensure my child had the best experiences and opportunities and that’s what I strive to do every day for my students. 

What are our next steps?

Taryn: We broke out the calendar last Friday, and we now have some events lined up! It’s so exciting to see our ideas come to fruition! As we plan, we are also eager to learn what other Mamis need and want. Comment below or contact us to share your stories and needs!

Mayra: We will carefully curate our offerings for you to ensure you get more of what you need to help you address feelings of concern or distress as it relates to your advancement as a Mami in higher education. We love to hear what you need! Also know there will be opportunities for small group and one-on-one time with us. Get excited!