Why Mentorship Matters: a Roundtable

Thursday March 9

5-7 PM
The Rifkind Center, NAC 6/316

Mentorship continues to loom large in stories about women’s work and personal lives— sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. If mentors can nurture and support, they can also bitterly disappoint, reproducing the hardships they once suffered and reinforcing the same old hierarchies and inequities. The stories gathered in Feminists Reclaim Mentorship: An Anthology challenge our fundamental assumptions about mentorship, illuminating the obstacles that make it difficult to connect meaningfully and ethically while reimagining the possibilities for reciprocity


Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center at CUNY.

Tahneer Oksman is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Language, and the Department of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College.


Melissa Coss Aquino is Associate Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY, and author of the forthcoming novel, Carmen and Grace from Willam Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2023.

Michelle Yasmine Valladares is a South Asian American poet, educator, and an independent filmmaker. She teaches at the City College of New York and directs their MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Sharifa Hampton is a PhD student in English Literature at CUNY’s The Graduate Center. She teaches in the Black and Latino Studies Department at Baruch College, and also works as a Diversity Consultant.

Angela Veronica Wong is an educator, writer, and artist living in New York City. She is the author of two books of poetry, including Elsa: An Unauthorized Autobiography.