** Call for Interested Mentees **

Pleased to Meet Ya: A Mentoring Match-Up Program

The Southern Historical Association is launching a new program this year to help junior scholars meet up with potential mentors at the annual meeting in New Orleans. “Pleased to Meet Ya: A Mentoring Match-Up Program” hopes to help people connect with others who share similar interests and are looking to meet new people in their sub-fields. For more established scholars, this program provides the opportunity to talk with up-and-coming junior folks in the field, learn about their scholarship, and expand your network. Junior scholars, if you’ve ever struggled to introduce yourself to a more senior scholar whose work you admire, this program can help facilitate a conversation and possibly establish a mentoring relationship.

“Pleased to Meet Ya: A Mentoring Match-Up Program” invites scholars interested in serving as mentees to fill out a brief (2 minutes!) google form to be found here (Be a Mentee.) by September 30, 2021. The program has gathered a group of interested mentors who are listed on the google form. The Mentoring Match-Up committee will connect mentees with a mentor and introduce them over email before the conference begins. All participants will be invited to connect at the inaugural New Meeting Attendees reception on Wednesday, November 5. The mentor and mentees can also decide to meet-up elsewhere; the SHA will provide participants a list of potential spots near the hotel in New Orleans for meeting up.

The time commitment for this program is intended to be minimal (30-45 minute conversation with each mentee), though of course, participants are encouraged to stay in touch and consider expanding their conversations after the conference.

 Any questions about the program should be directed to Whitney Stewart ([email protected]) or Kelly Kennington ([email protected]).

**All participants are reminded of the SHA’s Code of Conduct as outlined in its Sexual Harassment Policy (https://www.thesha.org/about).