The role of a teacher is to share knowledge through instruction, typically through lessons, discussion and by providing examples. But a mentor’s role, while less formal, is just as important. It features the sharing of perspectives and experiences with more personal value.

Mentors strive to help their mentees develop into peers by imparting wisdom on not just how to grow in their respective field, but how to explore the impact they can have. The delicate balance creates a space for mentees to hone their own skills and learn from the experiences of their mentors.

At Arizona State University, the ASU Faculty Women’s Association has advocated for increasing the status and participation of women since 1954. The volunteer organization annually recognizes faculty members who are great leaders with the FWA Awards Program.

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