Braveheart Gillani and Kristen Kirchgesler explore mentorship of marginalized doctoral students

Braveheart Gillani and Kristen Kirchgesler headshots side-by-side

Braveheart Gillani, a PhD student at the Mandel School, and Kristen Kirchgesler, web services librarian at the Lillian and Milford Harris Library, recently penned an article titled “Sites of Possibilities: A Scoping Review to Investigate the Mentorship of Marginalized Social Work Doctoral Students.” The Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work published their work.

About the research

There is limited research on the perspectives of social work doctoral students on their mentorship experiences and the capacity for faculty and institutions to provide positive mentoring experiences. Mentorship is crucial to the success of marginalized social work doctoral students. Marginalized doctoral students in social work, who may require additional support throughout the recruitment and retention processes, have limited opportunities for strong mentorship experiences. This paper was a three-member scoping review performed to identify critical features and benefits of mentorship for marginalized social work doctoral students in this study.

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This story appeared in The Daily on March 17, 2023.