Mentor Programme

For Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Graduate Students

In 2019, the Canadian Sociological Association’s Equity and Student Concerns Subcommittees collaborated to develop this programme which matched established faculty with graduate students to provide mentorship beyond the typical support offered by academic advisors.

Recruitment of Mentees for 2021-2022:  Online Application

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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?


Do you care about supporting graduate students in Sociology?

Do you have skills and knowledge you wish to share as a mentor?

Are you interested in equity among scholars?

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.

Program Overview

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  • The mentorship relationship will run from October 2021 to May 2022
  • The Mentorship Programme Committee will pair mentors and mentees with aligning experiences and vision for the program
  • Virtual meetings will be held in October and January for all participants and the committee will monitor and support the mentees and mentors during the programme
  • During this period, the mentor and mentee should meet (videocall, phone, or in-person) at least five times or as mutually determined.
  • At least two 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 one 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.)
  • The programme will conclude with an in-person or virtual retreat for all mentees and mentors focused on professional and scholarly development
    • Mentees and mentors will receive funding to help offset the cost of attending an in-person retreat in May

Please note: Mentors and Mentees must be members of the Canadian Sociological Association in good standing.

2021-2022 Committee

  • Chair: Natalie Delia Deckard, University of Windsor
  • Cross-appointed Decolonization and Student Concerns Subcommittee Representative: Carieta Thomas, University of Calgary
  • Cross-appointed Equity and Student Concerns Subcommittee Representative: Ayesha Mian Akram, University of Windsor
  • Canadian Sociological Association Member Representatives:
    Augustine Park, Carleton University
    Andrea Roman-Alfaro, University of Toronto
  • CSA-SCS Executive Director: Sherry Fox