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SAS Mentoring Project



University Women of Color.


Solidarity and Success (SAS) is new partnership between University Women of Color and the UM Women’s Center. Together, we strive to build supportive and sustainable mentoring relationships between faculty, staff, and students at the University of Minnesota. For more information please email


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Coordinating Committee: Zenzele Isoke, Nicole Taylor, Venoreen Brown and Anitra Cottledge

Mentorship has long been identified as a key element of success for university students and employees in majority white public institutions. Not only does it improve retention rates, mentoring also combats feelings of loneliness and isolation that are common for many minorities in higher education. Having a mentor can open pathways to opportunities for professional development, as well as spark friendships that can last a lifetime. Mentoring also boosts individual leadership capacity, creativity, and productivity, allowing us to more fully enjoy and make use of the resources that are available to us at the University of Minnesota. Most importantly, mentoring gives us the information and social tools necessary to become campus leaders.

The goal of Solidarity and Success (SAS) is to pair like-minded faculty, staff and students. SAS will work to pair you with a faculty member, staff employee, or student who share interests similar to your own. As a member of SAS, you will be encouraged to informally meet twice per semester (or four times a year) on your own with your mentor/mentee, as well as attend two large group gatherings sponsored by UWOC and the Women's Center. More than likely these gatherings will take the form of a meet and greet reception, and a Spring Symposium on Mentoring Women of Color in Higher Education. To find out more about the SAS Mentoring project please visit

Project Mission: To build supportive and sustainable mentoring relationships between women of color at the University of Minnesota.

Program Goals: 20 Mentor/Mentee Partnerships comprised of University of Minnesota Women of Color Student, Faculty, and Staff.

Mentorship Structure: Women will be matched in pairs based upon interests, and are encouraged to meet monthly at a space of their choosing to interact, exchange information, ideas, and stories; and get to know each other, and offer words of encouragement and support.

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