May 13, 2021

1:00 pm EST


Mia Pandey

The lived experience of youth mentors in a Ghanaian context

Presented by Mia Pandey

The purpose of this webinar is to inform the mentoring community of recent research on mentoring in Ghana and implications for culturally competent, strength- based approaches to mentoring.

Mia Pandey is a Chicago native of Indian and Puerto Rican descent. Ms. Pandey has over10 years of experience as a counselor with a focus on child and adolescent psychology. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Studies at The Ohio State University where she was a member of the Puerto Rican Student Association and participated in the psychology living and learning program which included mentoring at risk youth ages 5-18 of Latino descent. Ms. Pandey began counseling with at risk youth in a group home residential setting in California before completing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University in Romeoville Il. Ms. Pandey has worked with diverse populations in Chicago as a licensed clinical counselor for the past 6 years for Amita Health, which has included roles in psychosocial rehabilitation for the chronically mentally ill, police crisis, and hospital crisis work, and suicide intervention with high school students in a local Township.


June 15, 2021

12:00 pm EST


Nurturing Leadership and Bridging the Cultural Chasm through Mentoring

Presented by Dr. Clementine Msengi and Dr. Jen Fong 

The purpose of this presentation is to share our personal and professional experiences on mentoring and the impact mentors have had on our professional growth. Specific challenges we faced during our educational and career journeys will be shared, along with strategies mentors used to support us during the process. Group sharing and active participation will be encouraged.

Dr. Clementine Msengi

Dr. Msengi received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.  She is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Doctoral Studies, at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Promotion and a Master of Arts degree in Community Health from the University of Northern Iowa where she was recently inducted into the Hall of Excellence. Following her master’s degree education, Dr. Msengi received two prestigious fellowships:  The New Voices Fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation and the Echoing Green Foundation Fellowship.  These awards enabled her to found an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of refugees and immigrants through education and mentoring.

Dr. Jen Fong

Born and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Jen Fong attended public school until earning a Bachelor’s at Yale (Biology and Teaching), a Master’s at Stanford (Educational Administration) and a Doctorate at UC Berkeley (Education).  Dr. Fong taught in New York City and internationally in Abu Dhabi, before establishing her career in San Francisco. At the White House, President George W. Bush, awarded Dr. Fong the nation’s highest teaching honor: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Then Dr. Fong became an Assistant Principal turning around California’s 5th worst underperforming school, doubling the four-year college-going rate for underrepresented students.  As a central office administrator responsible for San Francisco’s English Learners for 5 years and College and Career Readiness for 5 years, Dr. Fong has tripled underrepresented student access to college. As an international leader, Dr. Fong represented the United States in 2015 at a symposium with education leaders in the European Union in Brussels on educating migrant children, and was invited by Japan, China and Korea to discuss education.  Dr. Fong won the inaugural Gates Millennium Scholarship, 2000-2007, awarded to outstanding students of color from low-income backgrounds.  She also won the Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship, 1993-1995, to build community gardens and teach environmental science in the Bronx.