Recruiting Mentees for a Mentorship Programme for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student in sociology interested gaining additional support in your academic and professional development?

Do you seek mentorship to progress professionally?

Do you experience barriers that are not being addressed by your current support systems in graduate school?

The Canadian Sociological Association’s (CSA) ad hoc Student Mentorship Program Committee invites Masters and PhD sociology graduate students to volunteer as mentees in a pilot mentorship program for Black, Indigenous and racialized graduate students.  Deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Why does mentorship matter?

In 2018, the CAUT released a report called “Underrepresented and Underpaid” that showed that Indigenous academics are “significantly underrepresented in the academy” (p. 2), that the growth in the representation of Black faculty has not kept pace with “the growth in the proportion of Black workers in the labour force” (p. 2).  Racialized and Indigenous university teachers are “less likely to have full-time, full-year (FTFY) employment” (p. 2) and “[r]acialized women are the most under-represented among FTFY professors and instructors” (p. 2) and have the greatest wage gap. (


What will mentorship involve?

  • The mentorship relationship will run from 1 January to 1 June 2020.
    • The program is condensed during this pilot year. In future years, the program will run from October through June
  • The ad hoc Student Mentorship Programme Committee will pair mentors and mentees, endeavouring to pair people who are geographically proximate.
  • During this period, the mentor and mentee should meet (in person, via videocall or by phone) at least three times or as mutually determined.
  • At least one of the meetings should be devoted to discussing professional development (such as publishing, presenting, applying for funding, preparing for the job market, carrying out a mock interview, mounting a course, applying for post-docs etc.)
  • The mentor is expected to provide feedback on at least 1 professional development item (e.g., a draft publication, a draft presentation, a funding application, an application for a job or post-doctoral fellowship).
  • Additional contact as agreed upon by the mentor/mentee (e.g., discussions on shared intellectual interests etc.)
  • On 31 May 2020 (one day prior to the annual CSA conference at Western University in London, Ontario), there will be a day-long mentorship retreat focused on professional and scholarly development of the mentees that mentors will be expected to attend.
  • A more detailed description is available by contacting

Please note: To become a mentee, you will need to become a CSA member.

Learn more about CSA membership


To facilitate participation in the Student Mentor Program retreat on 31 May 2020, the CSA will provide mentees with the following support;

  • Complimentary Congress delegate registration (value $155.75) to attend the Canadian Sociological Association Conference
  • Accommodation subsidy up to a maximum value of $200
  • Mentees may also apply for the Conference Student Travel Grant program

If you would like additional information or wish to apply for this program please contact

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2019

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

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