Increasing Diversity in a College of Education: A Mentoring Program to Attract Underrepresented Populations
AbstractDesiring to increase diversity within the college, the College of Education at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, established the Developing Scholars Mentor Program, designed to build relationships between undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors. From this group, three have successfully entered graduate school, while additional students are preparing for entry. Five students have participated in professional presentations highlighting their research. Finally, while one student has had her work accepted for publication in a professional journal, others are preparing their manuscripts or have work currently under review. This article will review program components, outcome goals, and perceived benefits to students and faculty as well as a discussion of future efforts toward increasing diversity.
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