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Dr. Tennyson Wright Presents Mentoring Model at the National Association of Multi-cultural Concerns National Training Conference

Dr. Tennyson Wright and colleagues Brenda Cartwright, Bobbie Atkins, and Robert McConnell, presented a mentoring model for professionals of color at the National Association of Multi-cultural Concerns Training Conference.

Dr. Wright and colleagues addressed a major obstacle for professionals of color: the absence of mentors and role models. In addition to addressing negative stereotypes, public scrutiny, difficulty with role modeling, and peer resentment with which professionals of color must cope, the job of mentors does not begin and end with their one-on-one relationships with their protégés. Mentors need to spend most of their time listening to those they mentor.  This ensures that they understand their protégés' individualized needs and goals.  Then, by using reflection, mentors can carefully select critical stories to share with their protégés that will encourage them as they move through their careers. 

The National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns is an organization which advocates for the rehabilitation needs of multicultural persons with disabilities and works to ensure the provision of quality and equitable services and enhance the development of multicultural rehabilitation professionals.