Strategies for Optimizing the Mentorship Process

Mentoring has been shown to be essential in ensuring successful careers for racial/ethnic minority faculty. It is particularly critical during the initial stages of entering an institution, playing an important role in reducing institutional isolation. Building a mentoring relationship often requires creative use of time and collaboration for both mentees and mentors. In this webinar, Dr. Margarita Alegria will lead a panel of mentors in discussing strategies for optimizing the mentorship process. This will be an interactive session, designed to help recognize some of the challenges and strengths participants have identified in their own mentorship roles. Questions for discussion will include:

  • How often do you talk with your racial/ethnic minority mentees (or those from historically underrepresented groups) about the politics of race/ethnicity within academia?
  • How do you advise mentees about practical work-life balance?
  • How do you think you can assist racial/ethnic minority mentees to better navigate critical junctures in their career, such as negotiating their first job offer or going up for promotion/tenure?
  • How are relational dynamics similar or different when you advise majority vs. minority mentees?
  • What do you do when a mentee reveals that they have been the target of some form of discrimination within the department/university or in their personal life?
  • What are three things you would advise your mentee to do with his/her mentor to get the best possible experience in mentoring?

Dr. Alegria is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She brings extensive experience in mentoring pre- and post-doctoral minority fellows and investigators through NIH-funded projects and as PI for two rounds of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation mentoring and training grant working with minority and underrepresented scholars through the New Connections program.

PLAY RECORDING (2 hr 1 min)