Welcome to the SMT Committee on Race and Ethnicity’s new mentoring and networking initiative!
This program aims to nurture the work and careers of students and junior scholars who identify as under-represented racial or ethnic minorities in music theory, by providing them with support in a variety of areas, such as:
- Mentoring and guidance on career-related personal and professional matters.
- Assistance with preparing submissions for conferences and journals.
- Networking to help develop research projects, and other collaborative ventures.
If you are a student or junior scholar who would like to take advantage of this new initiative, please see this page for mentees, and we will be happy to match you up with a senior colleague who could be of assistance to you. If you are interested in networking with a larger group of scholars, rather than being matched up with an individual mentor, please feel free to post to the discussion forum, and we will work with you to get a number of colleagues involved with your project.
We are also looking for senior music theorists who would like to help further the cause of this new initiative by volunteering as mentors to our junior colleagues. If you would like to be a mentor, we would be very grateful for your help indeed! In which case, please see this page for mentors, so we can match you with an appropriate mentee. (All the information provided via this questionnaire will be accessible only to members of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity, who will use it for no other purpose than to match mentors with mentees.)
Here are some testimonials from mentors and mentees who have participated in the program.
Finally, here are some resources for building and maintaining healthy and effective mentoring relationships, especially as it relates to mentees of color:
- Yale University, “Guide to Advising Processes for Faculty and Students”
- Chronicle of Higher Education (2019), “Advice on Advising: How to Mentor Minority Students”
- MLA Commons, “On Mentoring First Generation and Graduate Students of Color”
- Diverse (2019), “Effectively Mentoring Women of Color on the College Campus: A Holistic and Intersectional Ecology (HIE) Model”