Small Seed Grows to Great Tree of Support

April 2018

The AARP Public Policy Institute writes about how Dr. Shireen Lewis’ initial idea grew into the community that SisterMentors is today.

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Just Asking: Shireen Lewis

Interview by Neely Tucker

April 2015

Shireen Lewis , 55, is founder of SisterMentors, which aims to mentor girls from their early academic years through college graduation and help women of color to earn doctorates. The program has helped 26 women to go to college and 56 to earn doctorates.

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Ms Magazine features SisterMentors

Ms Magazine features SisterMentors

Two decades ago, Ms. magazine interviewed the founder of SisterMentors, Dr. Shireen Lewis, in its Summer 2000 issue—and here we are again, just as SisterMentors celebrates its 25th anniversary this September. Read the full article on msmagazine.com

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Black Girlhood

Black Girlhood

The Black Scholar continues to celebrate the journal's Fiftieth Anniversary with the release of its latest issue, “Black Girlhood," which highlights the significance, challenges and beauty of Black girls. There is a growing body of scholarship on the experiences of...

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Lewis ’89 is Ebony “Unsung Hero”

Originally published in UVA Lawyer - Fall 2009 - View Original Article Dr. Shireen Lewis '89 received an “Unsung Hero" award from Ebony magazine, for making a difference for children, schools, and communities. Lewis is the executive director of EduSeed and founder of...

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Duke Magazine Mini-Profile on SisterMentors

When Shireen Lewis entered grade school in Trinidad and Tobago, her country was in its early years of independence from Great Britain. Fortunately, it had a leader who acted on the maxim that educating its young people was essential to a successful future for the young Caribbean nation.

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Shireen Lewis, Entre solidarité et générosité

Qu’ont en commun Losang, la Tibétaine, Najat, la Saoudienne et Kangbai, l’Africaine? Elles font parties du programme de SisterMentors, une organisation basée à  Washington, qui encourage l’éducation parmi les femmes et les jeunes filles de couleur.

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Shireen Lewis, Between Solidarity and Generosity

by Sabrina Pollard In January 2003 SisterMentors was featured in DIVAS 35, a magazine for women of color, published in Paris, France. DIVAS is distributed in France, the United States, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. You can also read the article in French. What do women...

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Washington Women

The educated mind comes at a price: hundreds of hours of research and study; reams of papers; group projects; intensive examinations; conscientious notes from lengthy lectures. And for doctoral candidate students, that's the easy part, says Washingtonian Shireen...

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Women of Color Mentoring Each Other

by Shireen K. Lewis, Ph.D. Originally published on AAUW.org In September 1997 I founded a dissertation support group at Sisterspace and Books, a Washington, D.C. bookstore, to introduce a new paradigm of mentoring and support for women doctoral candidates of color. I...

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Dissertation Writers Find Power in Numbers

by Denise Barnes Shireen Lewis has climbed the fractious ivory tower. Now, she's demystifying the dreaded dissertation process for women of color who want to achieve doctoral status. Ms. Lewis, who holds a doctorate of philosophy in French literature from Duke...

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Ms. Magazine Article on Shireen Lewis

Ms. Magazine Article on Shireen Lewis

by R. Erica Doyle 1997, SHIREEN LEWIS WAS ANOTHER isolated scholar climbing up the ivory tower, teetering on the brink of that limbo known as ABD (all but dissertation) "Something was going to give," Lewis remembers, "and It wasn't going to be me!" Drawing on her...

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Replicating Ourselves

by Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D. Featured in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, Black Issues in Higher Education, December 1999 What has the 20th century meant for African American women in higher education? Over a steaming cup of tea, I smile as I fall into the...

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