Running bamboo: A mentoring network of women intending to thrive in academia

Vonzell Agosto, Zorka Karanxha, Ann Unterreiner, Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Talia Esnard, Ke Wu, Makini Beck

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This article is based on the authors' experiences as women academics who engage in informal peer mentoring to persist in the cultural milieus of their respective institutions. The authors draw on poststructural perspectives and the metaphor of the rhizome "running bamboo" to illustrate the connections they forged in a mentoring network that folds across multiethnic, multilingual, and multi-geographic spaces. The analysis of personal narratives surfaced the significance of context for understanding each other's persistence in the academy. By rhizomatically constructing personal and professional narratives, the authors identified how shared experiences in academia, the contextual variations among them, and a process of becoming peers in a mentoring network supports their negotiation of the academy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-89
Number of pages16
JournalNASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


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