My approach to inclusive mentoring centers acknowledgement while connecting students to campus resources. I have extensive mentoring experience within and outside the context of research.
As a fellow in the Berkeley Connect mentoring program, I led biweekly discussion sections and held individual meetings with a total of 100 mentees, most of whom have one or more underrepresented identities. I was later selected to mentor 40 incoming first years in the inaugural summer Bridge Connect program, which connects graduate student mentors with first generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students. The following year, I was invited to return to Bridge Connect as Senior Mentor. In this capacity, I worked with 40 more incoming students and supported seven graduate student mentors from various departments. I was also invited to serve as the first Equity and Inclusion Consulting Mentor for the Berkeley Connect mentoring program. In this role, I led an Inclusive Mentoring workshop, created written content and produced videos on imposter syndrome, stereotype threat and addressing racial violence for dozens of graduate student mentors.
In addition to these activities, I have mentored undergraduates by engaging them in my research on implicit racial bias. As a participant in Berkeley’s selective Student Mentoring and Research Teams program and Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship program, I learned both how to organize and structure mentored research, and how to encourage mentees through the inevitable ups and downs of data collection and analysis. Further, as a Teaching Consultant at the UC Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, I am coauthoring a National Science Foundation-funded toolkit entitled, “Intentional Mentoring: A Research Mentoring Toolkit for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.”