Mass Mentoring Partnership Presents A Conversation with Dr. Renee Spencer

Join MMP as we host a conversation with Dr. Renee Spencer on Wednesday, May 20 at 2 pm virtually. Come put what we know from research into practice under these difficult and unusual times:
Dr. Spencer will discuss:
  • Focusing on the Basics - the 3 R's of Mentoring
  • Roles of adults during crisis - possibilities for mentors
  • View of the mentoring field - how to stay focused while anchoring our work in best practice
Dr. Spencer will present her thoughts through conversation and our platform will be opened up for questions and dialog with the audience. She has been a Boston University School of Social Work faculty member since 2002 and is currently interim associate dean for research. Prior to that, Dr. Spencer served as chair of the Human Behavior Department from 2010-2018. Outside of BU, Dr. Spencerr is an editorial board member for Qualitative Psychology and Applied Developmental Science and serves on the National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council, the Friends of the Children Research Evaluation and Fidelty Committee. 
Dr. Spencer is interested in how supportive relationships with adults promote positive development in youth. This interest took her into the field of youth mentoring, where programs attempt to create such relationships every day. She realized programs were not being successful. “Unfortunately, too many of these relationships don’t make it, and this is deeply troubling to me, as these programs tend to serve already marginalized youth--for example, those who are low-income, of color and in under-performing schools,” she notes. “I am dedicated to identifying processes that promote helpful, and not harmful, youth mentoring relationships.”

Her current research exploring these processes is funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the William T. Grant Foundation. She is the author of more than 70 publications, including articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Adolescent ResearchChildren and Youth Services Review, and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.