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Impact of Diversity and Stereotyping in Mentoring

15 February 2022

Resource Person: Ms. Frieda

Ms. Frieda started with narrating a few of her personal experiences in diversity and stereotyping. Some of these experiences were:

1. She had visited a country and at a stop, she wanted to use the washroom. While she was searching for a male/female symbol or for labels of male/female/king/queen on the doors, she did not find any. Later, to her amaze, she found a door to a washroom that read ‘Whoever, we don’t care.’ This, in her opinion, was a true example of diversity and inclusivity.
2. An example of stereotyping she shared was people assuming that she must be consuming a lot of rice in her meals simply because she is a South-Indian. With these personal experiences, she gave out the lessons in diversity at professional places. Some of these were:
1. Mentoring acts as a constructive tool that contributes to constructing a diverse workplace
2. Reverse mentoring has proved to be very powerful in mentoring for diversity. Reverse mentoring is a method of mentoring under which junior team members enter in to ‘professional friendship’ with more senior ones and exchange skills, knowledge and understanding
3. Stereotyping has been the single most challenge in mentoring programmes in the corporate

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