[Rackham] Mentoring Across Differences

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Luciana Nemtanu (she/her/hers), Associate Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

This workshop will address challenges that emerge in mentoring relationships related to the players’ social identities and their intersection. Through a variety of interactive activities and case studies, participants will be able to explore from a distance the way bias plays out in mentoring relationships, dive into closer practice to recognize their own bias from a mentor’s perspective, and develop strategies to interrupt various biases to ensure particular kinds of collaborations with members of their (future) teams. Participants will also be able to tap into personal knowledge and experiences as mentors or mentees and create the vision and practice of mentorship they would like to pursue in their particular fields and careers. The session’s main objective is to recognize the power of intentional mentorship within the inclusive leadership framework by enhancing participants’ skills and professional toolkits and their understanding of differences, thus, ultimately, achieving a higher level of comfort with both vulnerability and life-long growth when advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

This workshop is designed for master's students, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

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