Mentor, Marcelle (mm3128)

 Dr. Marcelle Mentor is a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her academic interest focuses on Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity and Writing and Teaching Creative Non-Fiction. Her scholarship is grounded in Black Studies, intersectional analyses, and commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism in educational spaces. 

As a South African native her teaching philosophy is based on the concept of Ubuntu, which is a Southern African ethic that focuses on the fact that we are people through the existence and interaction with and from other people. Our humanity is inextricably linked to other humans. 

She is a Passionate Activist, a Fearless mother of two sons, a Bold wife, a Writer of Creative Non-Fiction, a Researcher and Practitioner of Teacher Education and Equity, a Forever Learner, a Dreamer, a Disruptor, persistently Hopeful and Unapologetically Black.

She believes in equity of access to education for all. 


Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5 pm

  • Rogers, J., McLean, A., & Mentor, M. (2019). A Seat At The Table: Womanist Narratives of Black Mothers in Doctoral Programs. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 18 (1).
  • Waite, S, Mentor, M., & Bristol, T. J. (2018). Growing our own: Reflections on developing a pipeline for male educators of color. Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research, 1(1), 148-166.
  • Bristol, T. &. Mentor, M. (2018). Policing and Teaching: The Positioning of Black Male Teachers as Agents in the Universal Carceral Apparatus. The Urban Review
  • Mentor, M., Strome, , Asunka, S., Agnitti, G., & Natriello, G. (2008, June). Early returns on an institutional repository: an exploration of the validity and functionality of pocketknowledge. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries (pp. 459-459). ACM.
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