Shattering Glass: e-Mentoring and the Advancement of Diversity

Mentoring is a popular strategy to develop future leaders. Unfortunately, traditionally disadvantaged group members (TDGMs) face challenges in the mentoring process. Extending the analogy of the glass ceiling illustrates these challenges. First, the shortage of suitable mentors makes it difficult for TDGMs to pass through the “glass door” to access positions and establish early career success. Second, negative biases and discrimination limit the sponsorship of TDGMs to climb the “glass staircase” and develop leadership acumen. Third, the necessary career-related support needed to break the “glass ceiling” is lacking. e-Mentoring is argued to be a tool to help shatter this glass.

Of Bangladeshi Immigrant Fathers and Their British Second-Generation Daughters

This article will examine the types of relationships certain young second-generation British Bangladeshi Muslim women have with their parents of first generation, particularly with their fathers, the languages spoken with them, and the meanings and emotions associated with this. This article also looks at how language is understood by young women from educated family backgrounds, and how language might also have the potential for these young women to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and identities. In investigating relationships between first-generation parents and their daughters, this article particularly focuses on the emotions evoked when migrant parents pass on historical cultures. It examines how migration affects respondents directly and explores notions of integration by looking at how intergenerational dialogue can influence understandings of communal boundaries and transgressions. Through its focus on relationships within the family, the article examines how certain young women are able to create spaces of understanding and speak from the different historical positions they inhabit.

The Ethical Power of Word

Language presents concepts by using words made up of sounds. All species communicate in some form of language in order to express diverse needs of the self and the needs of other similar selves (beings). Sounds are transformed into verbal and written words, supplemented by gestures and other physical clues. Language is the primary tool for survival at all levels of existence—physical, psychological, spiritual, and societal. Linguists have debated for decades whether language came first or culture came first. This paper assumes that cause and effect are two sides of the same phenomenon; simply put, language is culture. The purpose of the paper is to examine the power of words, both positive and negative, in the context of diverse socio-cultural environments. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the paper will analyze the status and power of word and focus on the semantic and pragmatic implications of the use of language for intercultural and cross-cultural communication.