Do I really need a mentor or do I need a sponsor?

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Posted by: NUDC Staff on Friday, May 15, 2015

Dear NUDC,

People keep telling me that I need a mentor. How does this work?   Do I really need a mentor or do I need a sponsor?   Where can I find information?

-- Mike, Los Angeles

Dear Mike,

These are great questions! We’re glad to help.   First, let us direct you to a new Prezi by Professor Becky Wai-Ling Packard of Mt. Holyoke College and Preya Nixon of NUDC.

This handy tool answers a lot of questions about mentoring.  

Of course, there is some excellent information available about the experiences of women and people of color in mentoring and other professional developmental relationships. A book we especially like is Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships Within Multi-Cultural Organizations by Audrey Murrell, Faye Crosby and Robin Ely.   It provides interesting case studies and powerful information.

Keep an eye on our site for additional information on mentoring.



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