University of New England: Participation in Research Invitation

By Zohreh Aminian, director of academic review, SUNY Empire State College, Old Westbury; doctoral student, University of New England's Transformative Leadership Program

September 15, 2017

Attention all Students:

Participants are needed for a case study on how race might or might not matter in the relationships between adult female African-American students and their mentors working in one on one‌ studies.  All interested participants should read the information below and contact the researcher conducting this study, Zohreh Aminian.

Project Title: Impact of same race matching on adult female African-American students enrolled at ABC College

Principal Investigator(s):

Zohreh Aminian, doctoral student, University of New England; director of academic review, SUNY Empire State College, Old Westbury (516-876-4956;

Dr. Grania Holman, faculty advisor, (, 678-234- 2414).

Study's Purpose:

The purpose of this qualitative case study is to explore the importance and role of race in mentoring relationships of adult female African-American students; and secondly, to understand, discover and expose the experiences and obstacles faced by these students working one on one with non-minority mentors at ABC State College. Not enough has been written about same race mentoring of adult students and this study can add to the research in this area. This study can potentially increase the empirical evidence reported in the literature about mentoring and same race matching while it shifts the attention to adult female students in same race mentoring field.

Research Questions:

This investigation is designed to explore two essential questions: 1) what are the experiences of Female African-American students at ABC College as a dominantly white institution? 2) Did race, ethnicity or gender play any role in working with a mentor and did it affect their success and progress? How?


The procedure will be a single case study that occurs between September 2017 and November 2017, with results/findings published by December 2017. Data collection will include interviews. Individuals involved in the data collection will be the researcher and student. I do not foresee this study presenting any risks or hardship on you, other than the time invested in participating. However, your investment of time will contribute to the current discourse on mentoring adult students of color that can enhance students' experience and success.

Confidentiality: Your identity will be protected throughout the study and thereafter. Only I, the researcher, will have access to your information. Follow-up verbal/signed and written reports and discussions will identify you only as a number (i.e. Participant #2). Your name and location will not be shared with anyone else. Your confidentiality will be protected in compliance with the Empire State College and University of New England's research with human participants' policies and procedures.

Compensation: No monetary or non-monetary compensation will be provided for your input or time.

Questions: For more information regarding this study and your participation, please contact:

Zohreh Aminian at or (516) 876-4956

Dr. Grania Holman, University of New England at or (678) 234-2414.

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