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Working Definition of Mentoring


“Long term relationships with persons who have accomplished goals to which the student aspires; mentor provides advice, contacts, and professional guidance, often in conjunction with emotional/moral support.”

Cason, C.L., Bond, M. L., Gleason-Wynn, P., Coggin, C., Lopez, M., & Trevino, E. (2008) Perceived barriers and needed supports for today’s Hispanic students in Health Professions: Voices of seasoned Hispanic healthcare professionals. Hispanic Health Care International, 6(1), 41-50.


“Mentoring is an interpersonal process that takes place between a trained, seasoned mentor and a novice protégé. After accounting for cultural differences, mentoring entails providing emotional support, sharing knowledge and experience, role-modeling, and guidance.”

Mijares, L., Baxley, S. & Bond, M.L. (2013). Guiding hands: A concept analysis of mentoring. Journal of Theory Construction and Testing 17(1), 27.