The Office of Graduate Education held Culturally Aware Mentoring in May 2018.  This 6 hour workshop focused specifically on ethnicity and cultural identity and examines how these factor into the mentoring relationship.  Participants examined their own identity and will build awareness of assumptions and biases that may influence their working and mentoring relationships. You can read more about the workshop series here. Please see below for information about the workshop facilitators.


Bruce Birren
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Bruce Birren is Director of the Broad’s Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases that studies bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and insect vectors of disease, the interaction of pathogens with their hosts, and the microbial communities that comprise the human microbiome. Dr. Birren founded the Broad’s Diversity Initiative and he launched and oversees an institute-wide mentoring program. He leads sessions on Getting the Most out of Mentoring for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs and facilitates workshops on cross-cultural mentoring. He is co-PI on an NRMN-funded pilot project that teaches undergraduate students involved in STEM research and their mentors about effective mentoring relationships, communicating science, and social factors that influence success in science and perpetuate underrepresentation of specific groups in research careers. He is an NRMN Master Facilitator.




Kelly Diggs-Andrews
Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC

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 a trained neuroscientist and cell biologist who earned her PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. 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. She is also a Master Facilitator with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and has organized and co-facilitated Research Mentor Training workshops for graduate trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and junior and senior faculty.

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