Professional Development


Mentoring Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars from Underrepresented Groups: Mentor and Mentee Perspectives
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Session Co-Chair: Dayna Johnson, Emory University
Session Co-Chair: Hoda Abdel Magid, Stanford University
Session Co-Chair: Mahasin Mujahid, University of California, Berkeley

The proposed professional development session will discuss effective strategies for mentorship of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. We will address both practical and conceptual aspects of the mentor and mentee relationship at both the pre and post-doctoral training well as early career level. This session will include topics such as unconscious bias, microaggressions and ideas around what it means to be the only one, as well as providing appropriate and critical feedback necessary for success. We will shed light on various approaches aimed at fostering positive and effective mentorship, mentoring style, and provide feedback for how to interact with mentees and mentors from different backgrounds. Mentors and mentees will learn from case studies, scenarios exploring a variety of situations that illustrate strategies for mentorship across difference. Practical suggestions will include funding mechanisms aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion, the research group welcome letter, strategies for skill development, and celebration options to foster research group communities. Dynamic presenters across career levels will share insights about their mentorship experiences in Epidemiology and/or Public Health. This session will also involve lots of dynamic interactions between the participants and the panel members. There will be ample time dedicated to questions from the audience.

When Life Gets in the Way of Work/Failure Stories
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Session Chair: Daniel Westreich, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Katherine Keyes, Columbia University
Magdalena Cerda, NYU Langone
Matthew Fox, Boston University
Onyebuchi Arah, University of California, Los Angeles