Collectors, Nightlights, and Allies, Oh My!

White Mentors in the Academy

  • Marisela Martinez-Cola Utah State University
Keywords: critical race theory, counternarrative, autoethnography, cross-racial mentoring


As more students of Color enter into Historically White Institutions (HWIs), the dearth of mentors of Color continues to be an issue leaving students to rely on White mentors within academia. Much of the literature regarding mentoring discusses its definitions and best practices. It does not, however, capture the experiences of students of Color and their perceptions of their White mentors. It also fails to challenge White mentors who other, tokenize, or fail to understand their mentees. Through autoethnography rooted in Critical Race Theory counternarratives, I identify, define, and discuss three roles White mentors play for students of Color. 


How to Cite
Martinez-Cola, M. (2020). Collectors, Nightlights, and Allies, Oh My!. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 10(1). Retrieved from
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