‘My sister’s keeper’ – Examining the role of mentorship in higher education S1E3
Special guest spotlight:
A recognized leader in business and higher education, Dr. Natalie V. Nagthall currently serves as the Los Angeles/Orange County Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC). Natalie’s specialties include professional development, curriculum design and workshop development. The Brooklyn, New York native earned a BS in Marketing and Logistics/Transportation from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Natalie received her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation explores the use of culturally relevant instructional practices in STEM under the title, “(Re)Imagining STEM Instruction: An Examination of Culturally Relevant Andragogical Practices to Eliminate STEM Inequities Among Historically Minoritized Students in Community Colleges.”
“…’Build a Board of Directors’ of Mentors”
Resources on mentorship
Dr. Lissa D. Ramirez-Stapleton, originally from Columbus, Ohio, and is the oldest of three and is a first generation college student, who was raised in a single parent home.
Lissa and her wife now live in Southern California, where she is an assistant professor of Deaf Studies and Core faculty of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at CSUN.
Lissa teaches and researches about equity, history, and access for Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest in the intersections of race, gender, disability.
Her service and research primarily focus on equity and access for Deaf students, faculty, and staff with a particular interest on the intersections of race, gender, disability and sexual orientation.
Her research can be found in The Journal of College Student Development, The Negro Educational Review and Thought and Action.
Inspired, Dr. Maleta Wilson draws upon a quote from Mary McLeod Bethune:
“I leave you love. I leave you hope.
I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another.
I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power.
I leave you faith.
I leave you racial dignity. I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men.
I leave you finally, a responsibility to our young people.”
She is a former law enforcement officer & entrepreneur and is the mother of two adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Southern California.
She has also served as the Director of HBCU Campus Tours and is now the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Southern Mississippi.