The Dr. Todd C. Shaw E-Mentoring Project intends to connect NBGSA members with professionals and/ or other graduate students who will provide support, guidance, and encouragement to mentees for their academic, professional, and social development. Dr. Shaw is the founding president of NBGSA and continues to play an active role in the development of future Black leaders and intellectuals. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina.
All NBGSA members are eligible to participate in the e-mentoring project. There are three types of mentoring that members can take part in: (1) professional to graduate student, (2) graduate student to graduate student [peer mentoring], and (3) graduate student to undergraduate student. Both parties are required to maintain the relationship for one year.
With the busy schedules of students and professionals, e-mentoring is the preferred method of contact between the parties. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate with each other at least twice a month. The program coordinator will ensure that proper mentoring practices are followed through the use of scheduled evaluations.