Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Professor Joi Mondisa

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Space Research Building Auditorium, Room 2246

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to illness, today's weekly CLaSP Seminar w/ Prof. joi Mondisa of the Michigan Industrial & Operations Engineering department has been canceled. Information about a new date will be coming soon!**

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Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Professor Joi Mondisa, of the U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering department. Please join us! 

Title: "Mentoring Insights and Practices: Examining the Experiences of African-American STEM Mentors in Higher Education"

Abstract: National initiatives seek to tap into underrepresented populations to assist in meeting the demand to fulfill future scientific and technical jobs in the United States. In order to support and bring these national initiatives to fruition, steps must be taken to address existing obstacles. In the case of minority students, we must begin by examining ways to assist underrepresented minority (URM) STEM students persist in the face of obstacles and challenges, to graduate, and become available talent for future jobs. Mentoring can be a mechanism that aids in diversifying who participates and persists in STEM fields. Mentors provide emotional, psychosocial, and career support which can help protégés persist in their chosen STEM disciplines. Thus, mentoring can support the production of future engineers. Unfortunately, minimal research studies exist that examine the mentoring approaches, practices, and interactions that occur in URM mentoring relationships. In this seminar, Dr. Joi Mondisa will discuss findings from her research that examines the individual experiences of exemplar African-American STEM mentors and their mentoring practices with their African-American protégés. Using qualitative methods, this research reveals insights about mentoring experiences that can inform educational practices and diversity initiatives. In addition, this research offers a language for talking about these experiences which are not captured by existing literature.

Biography: Joi Mondisa is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial & Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. In her research, Dr. Mondisa focuses on examining mentoring approaches, relationships, and intervention programs. Other areas of study include designing and assessing learning experiences and outcomes. She earned a B.S. in General Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.B.A. at Governors State University, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Prior to earning her graduate engineering credentials, Dr. Mondisa worked in industry for ten years in the areas of manufacturing, operations, technical sales, and publishing. 

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