Mentorship looks like:
Kidiocus: As I entered the last phase of my master's degree, I knew that it was time for me to make a disciplinary shift--I'd come to feel that Sociology was a discipline that was complicit in neoliberalism and white supremacy  and I felt that I needed to make the move to a political discipline, fields of studies that were founded because of calls to action on the parts of marginalized black and brown bodies, fields such as African American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Feminist Studies. It was through the mentorship of a professor of color that I met when I took a class outside Sociology (and in a political discipline), that I realized all of the possibilities that were available to me outside of the space that I was currently occupying. They worked closely with me in editing and revising my statement of purpose so that it would best fit the path that I wanted to take and they wrote my letters of recommendation. Good mentorship can literally alter the course of ones professional trajectory and set one on the path least imagined.
Caitlin: Mentorship looks like the professor in college who cried during my graduation when she told me she always went harder on me. Mentorship has looked like letting me in on research when I felt I had nothing to contribute, on interviews when I felt voiceless, on panels when I felt intellectually isolated, on conferences when I felt directionless.
Mentorship is in emails time stamped 3:30 in the morning with notes on drafts of my prelims. Mentorship has sometimes meant paying my way, housing me, feeding me. It has meant yelling, sometimes. It has meant a kind word when the imposter syndrome feels the most crushing. Mentorship has meant black women, mostly. It has meant the occasional white person throwing every ounce of privilege at my cause. Mentorship is, as in the womanist tradition, a struggle we love. A struggle we need. And, as my mentors tell me, it’s a struggle we must pay forward.
Thank you for your continued support of Womanist Expressions. A scholar-mentor reminded us of our motivation for this work as only the foremothers of womanism can.
-Caitlin and Kidiocus
 see Ferguson, Roderick A. Aberrations in black: Toward a queer of color critique. U of Minnesota Press, 2004.