Culturally aware mentoring training can equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to support a diverse scientific workforce.
Most mentors don’t feel prepared to address diversity matters with trainees from historically underrepresented (HU) backgrounds. To improve mentoring relationships and support the persistence and success of HU individuals in science, the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) has developed new mentor training to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to support a diverse scientific workforce.
In the first video, Byars-Winston and Crouse Quinn discuss how racism and a lack of cultural diversity awareness in mentoring relationships negatively impacts HU trainees. They offer concrete examples of how culturally aware mentor training helps individuals identify the personal assumptions, biases and privileges that may operate in their research mentoring relationships. In the second video, Byars-Winston and Crouse Quinn offer mentor training resources and strategies to help individuals become more culturally aware, and thus better mentors.
Dr. Angela Byars-Winston is a counseling psychologist and Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medicine, and Director of Research and Evaluation in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Women’s Health Research. Her research examines cultural influences on academic and career development, especially for racial and ethnic minorities and women in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with the aim of broadening their participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Dr. Byars-Winston was selected as a 2011 Champion of Change by the White House, received the University of Wisconsin’s 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color Award, and is an elected Fellow in the American Psychological Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board.
Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn is a Professor in the Department of Family Science, where she directs the doctoral program in Maternal and Child Health and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park. She is a co-Investigator in the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentor Network, where she is specifically focused on the development and testing of training programs on Culturally Aware Mentoring. Her research interests include engagement of minority and marginalized communities in research; factors associated with vaccine acceptance in routine and emergency situations; and risk communication in emergencies, pandemics and disasters with a specific focus on minority populations.