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 then 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, addressing racial violence, and mentoring students with dis/abilities for dozens of graduate student mentors.
In addition to these activities, I have engaged undergraduate mentees 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.”