Dr. Vicki Ruiz: The Gift of Mentorship

Have you had a mentor that made a significant impact on your life? Have you ever considered serving as a mentor to others? Join the conversation as Ramona talks to distinguished professor and historian Dr. Vicki Ruiz about the gift of mentorship. Dr. Ruiz discusses how mentors transform lives. She also talks about the power and impact of institutional mentorship. According to Dr. Ruiz, by being a mentor and institutionalizing mentorship programs individuals can impact individuals in profound ways. Dr. Vicki Ruiz is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine.


Highlights from our conversation:

  • Influence of Dr. Ruiz’s mother and grandmother on her appreciation for and understanding of history
  • Dr. Ruiz’s personal and professional journey in becoming a professor of history
  • The power of mentorship
  • Institutional mentorship
  • Examples of great mentorship programs
  • The impact of mentorship on 1st generation college students
  • How to empower mentees
  • Strategies for college success

Dr. Vicki Ruiz

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