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AFI Mentoring Program Conversation

Date: August 12, 2021

Discussants: Dr. Abigail Celis, Dr. Susanne Klausen, and Dr. Tshepo Chery


Dr. Abigail E. Celis, who facilitates the AFI Mentoring Program, was in conversation with Dr. Susanne Klausen, who is an African Feminist historian and mentor, and Dr. Tshepho Chery, who is a South African feminist historian and Susanne's mentee while she was in graduate school. Each panelist reflected on what drew them to the mentoring program (the why); and some of the things they’ve worked on with their mentor/mentees (the how) and much more.

The AFI Mentoring program fosters international and intergenerational conversations to support our member's professional and personal growth. Every May and November, we partner students, junior scholars, and other early-career professionals who are AFI members with more senior colleagues for a 6-month mentorship. Mentors and mentees commit to checking-in monthly to advise on a project of the mentee's choosing. A suggested topic and reading are sent each month (e.g. work-life balance; publication pipelines; applying for jobs), but mentors and mentees are encouraged to find their own rhythm and priorities for the conversations! At the end of the six months, some of our mentoring pairs choose to continue working together, while others choose to continue in the program with new partners to grow their support community. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Dr. Abigail E. Celis at abigail.celis@UMONTREAL.CA.

Zoom Recording with captions

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