Enhancing Inclusive Mentorship by Developing Supportive Strategies and Removing Barriers

When:  Mar 26, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  NSF INCLUDES National Network
Inclusive excellence in mentorship practices is crucial to STEMM fields leveraging the full range of scientific talent in the United States. Strong mentorship has been linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, and career satisfaction, efforts to improve mentoring relationships can significantly impact the success of mentees’ training and ability to persist in their field. In this session, we will specifically explore how mentorship education can enhance understanding of how identity affects our mentoring relationships and share strategies for inclusive mentorship. We will also outline how universities institutionalize diversity mentoring programs designed mostly to fix underrepresented students of color while ignoring or minimizing the role of the departments in creating racially hostile work and educational spaces. Finally, we will critique how some mentoring programs nurture and promote notions of unhealthy forms of resilience while the social, political, and education systems continue to neglect underrepresented students of color.