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Culturally Inclusive Mentoring: Optimizing Cultural Awareness and Responsiveness in Research Mentoring Relationships

This event is part of series:

February 2, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD

Thursday, February 2 - Friday, February 3,  9:00am - 12:00pm, via Zoom

Attendance is required for all 6 hours of this highly interactive zoom workshop (3 hours/day for 2 consecutive days)

If you are unable to commit to the entirety of both sessions, instead of registering for this workshop, click here to inform OPA of your interest in: (1) Being notified about future mentoring training opportunities, and/or (2) receiving additional mentoring resources.

Capacity is limited. Once all spots are filled, registrants will be added to a waitlist.

This workshop was developed to increase cultural diversity awareness of mentors in their research mentoring relationships. It was designed specifically for research mentors from racial groups who are well-represented in STEM (i.e., White/Caucasian and Asian) who currently work with or desire to work with mentees from racial or ethnic groups who are underrepresented in STEM (i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, etc.), and focuses specifically on topics directly related to the training experience of these mentees.

Through case studies, self-reflection activities, and small-group discussion, participants will engage in an interactive experience aimed at promoting discovery, learning effective strategies, and understanding of best practices in mentoring. The curriculum highlights the specific ways that mentors’ own cultural attitudes and beliefs can have an impact on mentees’ training experiences, such as how the mentor evaluates or gives feedback to a mentee.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the impact that conscious and unconscious assumptions, preconceptions, biases, and prejudices have on the mentor-mentee relationship and acquire skills to manage them
  • Expand understanding of cultural diversity in mentoring relationships (how cultural diversity dynamics can complicate mentee and mentor experience)
  • Be more aware of cultural diversity in themselves and others
  • Communicate effectively across diverse dimensions including varied backgrounds, disciplines, ethnicities, positions of power, etc.


Workshop facilitated by:
Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD
Founder & CEO, Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC
Senior Principal Facilitator, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)

Speaker's Bio:
Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD is the founder and CEO of Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC, a consulting and media company whose goal is to broaden accessibility to science careers through science outreach, diversity training, and professional development.

Dr. Diggs-Andrews is also a Senior Principal Facilitator with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), where she leads both in-person and virtual workshops for research mentors across career stages and disciplines nationwide. She has led trainings at national scientific conferences for the American Society for Microbiology, International Mentoring Association, the Society for Neuroscience, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and others as well as numerous colleges, universities, and medical institutes. Her curricular expertise includes Entering Mentoring, Facilitator Training for Entering Mentoring, and Culturally Aware Mentoring.

Dr. Diggs-Andrews earned her BS in Biology from Alabama State University (2005) and her PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis (2010). She was also the recipient of the NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Chancellor’s Diversity Graduate Fellowship, and a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Supplement. In her previous role, she served as the Education and Mentoring Fellow with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and spearheaded an NSF-funded program to develop ASM’s mentoring capacity, to advance investigator-educator collaborations and interdisciplinary research, and to broaden participation of underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.


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