We hope you are enjoying your fall terms! We’d like to share some news and updates on the mentorship program with you all, as many exciting things are underway this semester. Here’s the quick run-down:
You will be meeting your mentees soon! (details below)
An update on the Queens-based Mentors’ classroom visit
We’ve started…[Read more]
Wadgma and Neelrup: thank you for these insightful comments. You touch on themes that arose (somewhat organically) during the workshop–intuition, community-building, the dichotomy between rote vs. creative learning–and articulate philosophies of mentorship that encapsulate a lot of what I had difficulty putting into words. Thanks for this.
When I was an undergraduate music major, embodied learning—a focus on physical participation, attention to the ways in which my body affected my learning—was something I took for granted. In my weekly piano lessons, my teachers and I would work on my posture, my arm weight, and the tension I held in my hands, wrists, and shoulders.…[Read more]
Here is the link to a handout that Rachel, Evan and I plan to incorporate into our panel, “Life Barriers and Ethics: Structuring Equality in the Classroom,” at the upcoming Purposeful Pedagogy conference at the GC on May 1:
We’ve submitted it…[Read more]
I’m always fascinated by people (like your father) who are simultaneously able to guide, support, and direct others without exerting control or infringing on their autonomy. This kind of balance is crucial, and I’m looking forward to having some experience-based discussions with you about exactly how we can strive for the same e…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing your story here. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the trajectory of your diverse experiences at CUNY, and the points at which acts of mentorship, both large and small, played a crucial role. This post makes me proud to be a fellow CUNY affiliate!
My name is Natalie Oshukany and, along with Hilarie and Rachel, I’ll be joining you this August as a Graduate Student Mentor. I’m currently entering my third year at the Graduate Center, where I study Musicology. I’m interested in all things Eastern European, and the relationships between music, identity, and politics.
Thanks for joining us from Puebla! I hope you and your family keep safe. It sounds like you’re having a transformative experience on your trip, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about how it has affected your thoughts on mentorship in both our academic and non-academic lives (although these realms might be hard to separate so…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing this, and I’m sorry for your loss. Your professor sounds wonderful, and your relationship seems as though it empowered both of you, with professor and student learning from each other. What a great legacy he left behind, and what an exemplary mentor. Looking forward to hearing more about your mentorship id…[Read more]
It goes without saying that your summer camp experiences and expertise with leadership/mentorship will be an incredibly valuable resource for our workshop this summer! Looking forward to learning from you.
Your mother sounds like an inspirational person, both in the realm of education and life in general. My family is also from Ukraine, and I can somewhat relate to how difficult it can be for people to overcome language barriers. It sounds like your mother instilled discipline not only through explicit instruction, but also through…[Read more]
What sticks out to me when you describe your relationship with your sister is the following line: “She has really taught me how to manage my time in college and proved to me that anything is achievable with hard work and dedication.” It sounds like your sister has (and has instilled in you) a “growth mindset.” We’ll be talking…[Read more]
As a colleague and friend of Hilarie’s, I’m so excited that you have formed a meaningful mentorship relationship with her! I’m looking forward to working with the two of you in August and hearing about your mentor-mentee experiences from both perspectives.
It’s great to hear from you again, Neelrup. As Cathy and Hilarie have already pointed out, you have such a uniquely evocative writing voice, and it’s wonderful to read outside of the context of our music class. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your mentorship experience–you have clearly reflected on it a great deal–and working with you…[Read more]
You touch on so many important mentorship- and education-related issues here: equality, access, transparency. I second Hilarie’s desire to learn more about what you do in your current position, and your expertise in this area will be such a great addition to the workshop dynamic. Looking forward!
I’d like to echo Cathy and congratulate you on your achievements. It sounds like you have a fantastic, trusting relationship with your mentor based on mutual respect. It’s great to have someone who not only supports you, but also challenges you in ways that help you discover your strengths. I look forward to meeting you (and, as a…[Read more]
Nice to hear from you again, Curtis! It’s great to hear that you have mentors in your life who consistently motivate you, and I’m looking forward to hearing about the effective ways they do so (and incorporating them into our workshops!).
Looking forward to meeting you as well, Hurriya. I relate to your drive to mentor based on positive experiences with mentors in your own life–it’s a significant factor in recognizing the power of these kinds of relationships. See you soon!
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