Latinas rising: The use of mentorship to aid in the success of Latina doctoral students

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2022-12

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Perez, Angela S.

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Although abundant literature can be found regarding the importance of mentorship and its positive impact on student success within a graduate setting (Crisp et al., 2017; Villaseñor et al., 2013), research has primarily focused on undergraduate students, leaving a gap in the research regarding graduate students. This case study provided advanced Latina doctoral students, at an HSI, an opportunity to share their personal experiences with faculty mentorship as they journey towards earning a doctorate degree. This study focused on the examination of how faculty mentorship of advanced Latina doctoral students’ aids in a sense of belonging, persistence, navigational capital, and aspirational capital in their respective doctoral program at an HSI. Three themes emerged from the analysis of the data. One theme that emerged while completing the data analysis was recognizing the desired need for mentorship. As this theme emerged, subthemes became evident. These subthemes included acknowledging the need for guidance, expectations Latina doctoral students have of a mentoring relationship, and receiving support from faculty mentors. The second theme that emerged during the data analysis was regarding the experiences of Latina doctoral student to the differing approaches to mentorship. The subthemes that emerged regarding these experiences focused on the formalized and proactive mentoring process and creating an informal mentor/mentee relationship. The third and final theme that presented itself from the data analysis highlighted key aspects and characteristics that participants believe make a great mentor. The subthemes included the importance of providing the role model Latina doctoral students need and the importance that mentors and mentees have similar career interests and goals.

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A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

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doctoral students, faculty mentors, female minorities, graduate students, Latinas, mentorship

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