Asst. Prof. Jacoby-Senghor honored for graduate student mentoring

Drew Jacoby-Senghor, an assistant professor in the Management of Organizations Group (MORS), has been awarded UC Berkeley’s top award for graduate student mentoring. 

Drew Jacoby-Senghor
Asst. Prof. Drew Jacoby-Senghor (Copyright Noah Berger / 2019)

The Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award recognizes faculty for their vital role in mentoring graduate students and training future faculty. Jacoby-Senghor was one of three faculty recognized in the Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award category this year.

In his nomination letter, PhD student Derek Brown wrote that “Drew does not simply teach and mentor his students—he creates champions.”

“When I began working with Drew, one thing was quickly apparent: Drew mentors fiercely…He doesn’t apply a cut-and-paste approach to mentor his students. Drew establishes an authentic and unique connection with each of us,” Brown wrote. “Through his counsel, we learn more about ourselves and about the world that we seek to better understand. Regardless of the road we are paving for ourselves, Drew is standing right beside us helping clear the path.”

Brown was one of three doctoral students who nominated Jacoby-Senghor, along with Assoc. Prof Dana Carney, also of the MORS Group. 

Every word he utters is either the most brilliant or the most reasonable thing being put on the table,” Carney wrote. “His intellect leaps—when he mentors, when he brainstorms with colleagues, when he weighs in on policy ideas/changes, when he teaches, and when he writes….His mentoring philosophy and practice is simply the best I have ever seen.”

Jacoby-Senghor has been teaching at Haas since 2016. His research identifies how prejudice unconsciously shapes social networks, how networks shape prejudice, and the implications of these processes within professional and academic contexts.