Mentoring Across Identities in STEM

Mentoring students in research and project settings outside the classroom leads to a long-term mentoring relationship between faculty and students.

Mentoring is central to who we are as a scientific community. We work to foster the intellectual development of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and other trainees. In STEM, beyond their scientific interests, mentees come into labs and classrooms with other identities that can shape their development as a scientist and as a professional. The goal of this document is to help mentors consider the many ways in which identities can impact scientific development. However, it is important to recognize that not everyone with the same identity faces the same obstacles. Ultimately, the most important thing that a mentor can do is provide a mentee an environment in which they feel supported and included. A mentor needs to open up channels that allow a mentee to identify and express their needs.

This document is merely a beginning, and additional resources are listed at the end.

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