Mentor4OK Monthly
Mentoring+ Resources III
September 2021 | Issue No. 19
In This Issue News • Videos • Resources • Inclusion
From the Editor

Thanks to all who continue mentoring remotely, in-person with precautions, or in a hybrid method. You sacrifice to build quality of life, opportunity, and workforce development.

Advocacy Update Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-04) is a sponsor of H.R.3342 - Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2021. Congressman Cole mentors novice legislators in the House of Representatives mentoring program. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02) is an original sponsor of the H.R.3083 - Foster Youth Mentoring Act of 2021. We visited with Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-OK-05).
Pathways Alumni Mentoring, USAO
Congratulations to Dawn Reitan-Brockman, J.D., in her new position as director of the Alumni Relations and University Development and the Pathways Alumni Mentoring Program, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha.
MICAH Mentors, a mentoring program by collegians for senior adults, has now expanded to the University of Oklahoma. Here is a description of MICAH Mentors at Oklahoma State University. Congratulations to Brenda G. Merritt, the founder.
Disability Inclusive Mentoring Certification

Mentor4OK and Beverly Woodrome have received certification for Disability Inclusive Mentoring after completing the National Disability Mentoring Certification Course.
Upcoming Conferences

University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute virtual, Oct. 18 - 22, 2021 (collegiate)

Mentoring Program Videos
University of Oklahoma’s (OU) Project Threshold-TRIO Student Support Services

Deborah Binkley-Jackson, the director of the OU Project Threshold, explains how mentoring first-generation and other qualifying students increases retention in and completion of college and future success.
From the UMass Boston Therapeutic Mentoring Course
Implicit Association Tests (IAT)

These are implicit bias studies for older undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Visit the following websites to take IATs. Some Therapeutic Mentoring classmates who took them had unexpected results. 
Social psychology IATs (
The purpose of this study is to understand how people learn and remember information in social and nonsocial contexts.
Health-related IATs (
The sites contain great resources on learning more about IATs and implicit bias. Dr. Werntz is a member of the research team on Project Implicit Health.

Provided during the course by Alexandra Werntz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, University of Massachusetts Boston &
In addition to the scholarly annual conference, the institute provides resources, a newsletter, membership, and more.

  • Mentoring manuals for General, Education, Professional, and Youth and articles about Youth, Education, and Professional topics. For example, the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA) has two programs, S.T.E.P. and MARC. The Mentoring Academic-Research Careers program offers one-to-one mentoring opportunities for Ph.D. students and new (0–6 years) tenure track faculty/below the level of associate professor.

  • Mentoring Resource Websites (seven collegian sites). Some have lists of research articles, and others, adaptable articles or guides. For example, we applaud the Wake Forest’s Mentoring Resource Center materials, including mentor and mentee learning outcomes and the “Who are your people?” navigation tab.

  • Mentoring Webinars by Dr. Bob Garvey Originally a series of 20 interactive and challenging webinars, many remain on every other Wednesday, July 21, 2021, to April 27, 2022, at 10:00 am Mountain Time or 11:00 am Central Time. October 6th is the next.
Source: "Tips on Finding and Being a Mentor in Graduate School" by Katharine Gamble and Katherine Avery (from the UNM Mentoring Institute website)
 United States Department of Agriculture

The list with descriptions of 15 adult/professional mentoring models is one resource at this site.

From the website: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center in 1992 to utilize the power of technology and provide impactful services related to improving accessibility and contributing to the complete employment experience of individuals with disabilities. 
From Oklahoma College Mentoring Programs

UCO’s College of Business Student Success Center, Edmond, created three workshop tracks throughout the semester: College Boss, Career Doctor, and Adulting101.

NSU Career Services at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, offers an etiquette dinner and headshot event. Two September NSU activities included a movie in the field and a street party sponsored by a local bank.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, has a Campus Cabinet-NWOSU food pantry for non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, bedding, and monetary donations.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UCO celebrates diversity through Diversity Education Events. An adaptable model for colleges is the Powwow. In addition to defining the tradition, information includes the grand entry, dancing, participants, and powwow etiquette. 

In OU's Academic Life Coaching, coaches have completed or are completing academic life coaching certification. Note ALC’s eight core Persistence Themes that help clarify coaching. In any mentoring and coaching programs, these themes are key.

Oklahoma State University’s R is for Thursday began with the foster youth and alumni demographic and and has expanded to hidden student populations.

Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State UniversityTips for Mentoring. 

Established in 1999 at Oklahoma State University, the Architecture Students Teaching Elementary Kids (ASTEK) program is for elementary students. The link includes the ASTEK Lessons Workbook (Collegians-to-younger peers and STEM mentoring).
Social-Emotional Learning for K-16+

Older youths and adults who missed skills may benefit from SEL development presented in an age- or situation-appropriate manner. Adapt resources.

Chicago International Charter School – Bucktown, featured on NBC's TODAY, has significant academic and behavioral results from teachers' being trained in and using social-emotional learning, a daily "Feel Trip." Children from the lowest performance levels have thrived.

Social-Emotional Learning is an important component of successful mentoring, coaching, and teaching. Previously shared in Issue 9, MENTOR Nebraska developed this customizable SEL training for the PALS Mentoring Program in Claremore.
Disabilities (and Inclusion) - All Ages
Permanent, Temporary, and Situational
Invisible or visible and variable in degree, disabilities can be cognitive, physical, or a combination. Disabilities can separate people from physical and social environments. Through personal biases and anxiety, we can unintentionally ostracize others. Mentoring is inclusive.
Examples: Concussions, tumors, multiple sclerosis, migraines, substance abuse, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), mental illness, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s, Huntington's, muscular dystrophies, meningitis and encephalitis, strokes, neurodevelopment disorders, e.g., aphasia, autism, attention deficit, dyslexia, dyscalculia, intellectual and memory loss.
My Mentor Series
Paul D. Bush, Ph.D.
OU's Ronald Anderson, J.D., Ph.D., shares the impact of Dr. Paul D. Bush, his former economics professor at California State University, Fresno.
Rhonda L.
Shehab, PhD
OU's Kim Wolfinbarger, Ph.D., talks about Dr. Randa L. Shehab, Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbush
OPSU's Teri Mora, M.E., honors her mentor Consuelo Castillo Kickbush, a veteran, author, and motivational speaker, empowering the next generation of leaders.
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