June 13, 2017

Many mentors are not equipped to effectively address cultural diversity matters with mentees.  Yet “All across the academic career stages, science is losing talent.  We’re losing people who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds,” states Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, in the first of a two video series from the National Resource Mentoring Network.  In these videos, Quinn and Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, provide knowledge and skills for mentors to improve their ability to address diversity matters with mentees from historically underrepresented backgrounds. 

As noted in the description from iBiomagazine, “In the first video, Byars-Winston and Crouse Quinn discuss how racism and a lack of cultural diversity awareness in mentoring relationships negatively impacts trainees from HU backgrounds.”  They note that too many underrepresented faculty are falling out of academia, in part because there are few mentors available who can both guide them through the challenges of being in academia in general as well as the distinct issues of being an underrepresented minority faculty member.  Throughout the first video, Byars-Winston and Quinn 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. Byars-Winston says in the first video, “Mentoring relationships are the critical medium for building the next generation of scientists.  We don’t want to leave such high-stakes relationships to chance.”  This statement leads into the second video, in which Byars-Winston and Crouse Quinn offer mentor training resources and strategies to help individuals become more culturally aware, and thus better mentors. 

Click the links below to view the videos:

Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 1: A Conversation on Culturally Aware Mentoring

Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 2: Resources to Enhance Culturally Aware Mentoring

Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn is a Professor in the Department of Family Science, Senior Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park and co-Investigator in the Mentor Training Core of the National Research Mentor Network.  In her role as co-Investigator, she is specifically focused on the development and testing of training programs on Culturally Aware Mentoring

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.

Related Links

Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science

Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 1: A Conversation on Culturally Aware Mentoring

Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 2: Resources to Enhance Culturally Aware Mentoring

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