All mentoring—but mentoring across racial, gender and other strong cultural differences in particular—is more successful when the mentor is attuned to differences in communication style, perceptions of power and authority, and conflict management styles that often distinguish women and underrepresented minority faculty from their white male counterparts. In other words, it helps to be culturally competent when mentoring across race and gender differences.
A compelling body of scientific evidence demonstrates that unconscious bias influences the way we perceive and respond to others. Unconscious beliefs, often incompatible with our conscious values, influence judgments we make in hiring and evaluating peers, as well as selecting leaders. These implicit biases map to existing social hierarchies and stereotypes, and are held by majority and minority group members alike
Mentors can combat implicit biases in their relationships with mentees by:
Resources for Diversity and Mentoring