Raka Ray wins the 2013 Graduate Mentoring Award
Prof. Raka Ray has won the 2013 Graduate Mentoring Award from the Graduate Division. The award committee writes:
Raka Ray is a committed mentor with the capacity to energize and inspire her students. Her supportive guidance has benefitted students from across campus, as in addition to serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology, she holds an appointment in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. Her students and colleagues describe her as approachable and willing to listen, and guided by her excellent instincts and a strong moral compass. Her field-leading work in the sociology of gender has inspired the intellectual inquiry of countless students, and her commitment to their growth as scholars has propelled her students on to receive awards for dissertations and papers and to secure prestigious positions after their time at Berkeley. Raka is known for mentoring former students well into their careers, and for instilling not only the virtue of mentorship in those who have benefitted from her guidance, but the skills to be effective mentors themselves.