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Non-academic mentors, especially those familiar with the culture of academia, can offer empathy, validation and healthy perspectives. (Brooke Cagle/Unsplash)

PhD students can benefit from non-academic mentors’ outside perspectives

The realities of the job market mean most PhD students no longer work alongside people whose professional paths they will follow. Universities must do more to support non-academic mentorships.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich has advocated for women in coaching. He’s pictured here with assistant coach Becky Hammon at a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Antonio, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Breaking up the Old Boys club by elevating women coaches

Sponsorship, whereby a mentor in a powerful role advocates for a mentee, is what’s needed for women to advance in coaching.
More must be done to draw women into STEM careers. Burlingham/Shutterstock

Want to be a woman in science? Here’s advice from those who’ve gone before

Women are drastically under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields.
Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the Reconciliation Pole before its raising at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., on April 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

This is why most teachers need Indigenous coaches

Many Canadian teachers worry about how to incorporate Indigenous content into the classroom. For one sociology professor, finding Indigenous mentorship was richly rewarding.

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