Meet this week's Grad Chat guest, Zori Paul!
Hey folks! I'm Zori Paul (she/her)! I'm a clinical mental health counselor and doctoral candidate in counselor education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I am also one of the co-founders of @BlackInMH. I graduated with my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University in 2018 and my BA in Comparative Human Development with a minor in Gender and Sexuality from the University of Chicago in 2015. (Here's hoping I graduate with my Ph.D. in 2022! Fingers crossed and send all the good vibes, please!) Currently, my research interests include bisexual+ women of color and identity affirmation, which I’m focusing my dissertation on. I also research cross-cultural mentorship rupture and repair with a team of amazing fellow counselor educators.
For me, undergrad and grad school had, and still have their challenges, and as a Black woman in higher education, there were/are a lot of learning curves and obstacles, unfortunately. However, seeking and gaining both formal and informal mentorship throughout my academic career has helped me navigate academia's vast and often confusing world. Not everyone knows the amazing benefits of supportive mentorship, though, so that's why I'm super excited to share my experiences, both good and bad, as well as talk about what research says about mentorship with you lovely folks. So, if you've been looking for a sign to learn about, maybe even seek, mentorship, this is it!
Zori will be chatting with host Niba on the Youtube Livestream tomorrow (10/16) at 3 pm Eastern/12 pm Pacific using this link!
Alternatively, you'll be able to catch up on the episode on Grad Chat, The Podcast published next Tuesday (10/19) here!