8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At multiple career stages in STEM, we often engage in formal and informal mentorship of students, junior faculty, and peers. These mentoring relationships are an integral and impactful component of the academic pipeline and beyond. Effective relationships promote positive mentee outcomes like increased commitment to STEM career pathways, fostering self-identity, and enhanced self-efficacy for conducting research. Additionally, it has been well-established that quality mentorship experiences are an important factor in increasing the persistence of women and underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM, which we have failed to do for decades. While the importance and positive impacts of quality mentorship are known, many mentors are not equipped with knowledge on how to establish and maintain effective mentoring relationships. This includes an insufficient understanding of cultural awareness, competency, and responsiveness in the mentor-mentee relationship. Our workshop, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and Valent BioSciences, on mentoring in STEM, including academia and industry, aims to fulfill this exact need. We have asked Warner Santiago, the Senior Director of DEI and Workforce Development at MassBio and Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Title IX Programming at Harvard Law School, to develop a workshop for our specific audience on effective mentorship in STEM. Tinged with his unique expertise in civil and human rights law, Santiago’s workshop could include topics like developing a mentoring philosophy and plan, establishing and maintaining effective communication, fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, promoting universal accessibility, respecting the rights and dignity of mentees, and more. Our hope is that this training will equip our APS members with the information, strategies, and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of mentoring and become effective mentors.
A) Attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm mentorship with colleagues, develop a mentoring philosophy, and define how these philosophies meet the diverse needs of their mentees
B) Attendees will learn core concepts of effective mentorship, including aligning mentor and mentee expectations, cultural awareness (both of yourself and the mentee) and responsiveness, respecting and supporting the rights, dignity, and differences of mentees, fostering equity, inclusion, and a culture of accessibility, creating a mentoring philosophy and plan, maintaining effective communication, and promoting mentee self-efficacy and professional development
C) At the end of this workshop, attendees will have an introductory toolkit to effective mentorship, including defined relationship and work expectations for themselves and mentees, strategies for implementing and upholding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility principles, resources for supporting their mentees’ professional development, tips on having conversations about mentees’ needs (professionally and culturally) and addressing them, and tools for navigating difficult conversations and conflict resolution.
D) At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to implement their own mentoring philosophy armed with strategies to successfully handle the complexities of mentor-mentee relationships.