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Faculty of Color Mutual Mentoring Program

04/29/2020 -Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

In January 2019, CELT created a mutual mentoring network for faculty members of color located on Tufts University Medford/Somerville campus who are at the rank of Associate and Assistant Professor. This network established a community of practice among participants that recognizes the contributions and unique challenges faculty of color face working at predominantly white institutions of higher education. Mutual mentoring, by which faculty locate and depend on several different mentors throughout their careers, has been found to be successful in helping faculty members gain the confidence and support to thrive in their academic careers. This program is now being offered by Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.

In a mutual mentoring network, the protégé might pursue a mentoring relationship with a senior academic in their field, a peer in a similar position at another university, and/or an administrator in a role that they hope to perform one day. It offers a flexible model for mentoring that does not assume a one mentor/one mentee relationship in which the mentor must have all the expertise to guide their protégé through what may be a diverse and wide-ranging career path. Mutual mentoring is not a replacement for departmental mentoring but rather a supplementary source to increase the number of mentors that a faculty member can reach out to for support and guidance. In the program, participants can choose to focus on any of the key areas: Getting to Know the Institution, Excelling at Teaching, Excelling at Research, Understanding the Tenure and Promotion Process, Developing Professional Networks, Creating Work/Life Balance, and Creating Inclusive Communities.

In becoming a member of this group, participants will gain tools and resources to establish mutual mentoring networks to meet their needs. The program will run for one calendar year, beginning in January and running through December. Each participant will:

  • Have access of up to $1,200 during the year for efforts to enhance mentoring.
  • Attend monthly meetings to discuss pressing issues related to promotion, tenure and faculty success.
  • Complete an action plan indicating the ways they will enhance their mentoring network and the outcomes they hope to achieve by the end of the program.

To apply, please complete this application by Thursday, December 8, 2022

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ryan Rideau via email (


Adapted from UMASS Amherst