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BLEND: Mentoring matters at IUP

Belonging, Learning, and Exploring New Directions (BLEND) is a Reflective Practice Teaching Circle that operates under the umbrella of both the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research.

Blend Project meetingPart of BLEND’s involvement on campus includes holding workshops throughout the semester on a variation of topics. Upcoming BLEND workshops include:

Fall 2016 Semester


The Pre-tenure Years: Survive, Succeed, and Thrive
November 9, 2016, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Alida Merlo, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Spring 2017 Semester 


Gaining Publishing Skills
Date, Time and Room TBA

Description TBA 


Navigating Departmental Politics: In Group/Out Group
Date, Time and Room TBA

Description TBA


Enhancing your Online Presence as a Teacher-Scholar
Date, Time and Room TBA

Description TBA

Contact Person: Crystal Machado, BLEND chair,

BLEND’s Mission

BLEND seeks to provide a personal and professional safe and supportive environment where women and faculty of color can receive guidance, support, and constructive feedback that honors their differences and builds on their strengths. This group is open to all, regardless of race and ethnicity.

BLEND Mentors

BLEND is currently seeking experienced, exceptional colleagues from across the university who are willing to mentor newly hired women faculty and faculty of color. We are looking for people with solid institutional knowledge and who are able to:

  • Offer guidance and direction to protégés regarding professional issues
  • Direct protégés to institutional resources, experts, and source materials
  • Encourage and acknowledge protégés’ ideas and work
  • Challenge the protégé to expand their abilities
  • Provide timely, clear, and comprehensive feedback to protégés’ questions
  • Respect, value and promote protégés’ contributions to the IUP community

Mentors will work with one protégé during the academic year.

If you or someone you know would make a good BLEND mentor, please e-mail BLEND chair Crystal Machado ( with the name and e-mail address of the person you have in mind. Self-nominations are welcome.

  • Frederick Douglass Institute
  • Stright Hall, Room 108
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3299
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.