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Equity-Minded Mentoring
Certificate Program

About the Program

Are you a graduate student in a STEM or Social Sciences field who is interested in developing mentorship skills to build inclusive, supportive research environments? If so, consider participating in the TLC’s Equity-Minded Mentoring for Graduate Students Certificate Program. In this program, you and your colleagues will meet bi-weekly (5 sessions total) during Winter quarter to explore and practice evidence-based strategies that have been shown to support underrepresented students in research settings, particularly those from racially minoritized groups, including:

  • Establishing clear expectations for the mentoring relationship;
  • Communicating effectively and with attention to how different life experiences, identities, and positions of power shape participation in and experiences in STEM and Social Sciences fields;
  • Promoting students’ sense of belonging and research identities.

In between our bi-weekly meetings, you will have the opportunity to engage with brief readings and draft your own mentoring philosophy. 

Join us if you’d like to be part of a new generation of researchers committed to changing research culture through equity-minded mentoring!

Participants commit to attending the entire series of workshops and, with the support of the program facilitator and their peers, implementing new mentoring strategies and preparing materials that are relevant to their current and future teaching and mentoring contexts and that are useful in the development of a teaching portfolio. Upon completion of the workshops, graduate students receive a professional development certificate indicating their successful participation.

How to Participate

The program is limited to 25 participants, and is open to all graduate students from STEM and Social Sciences disciplines.

Registration opens on Monday November 13, 2023 and closes on Monday Dec 11, 2023 at 5 PM.

Program Dates & Modality

The Winter 2024 program will consist of five workshops on every other Tuesday at 9:00 AM–11:00 AM (Pacific Time) on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 16 (Week 2)
  • Tuesday, January 30 (Week 4)
  • Tuesday, February 13 (Week 6)
  • Tuesday, February 27 (Week 8)
  • Tuesday, March 12 (Week 10)

We are planning to hold these workshops in person, but a remote option can be made available for grads with accessibility requirements.

Participants commit to attending all 5 interactive workshops and to completing readings and activities with the structured support of the learning community.

For additional information about the program, please contact tlc@ucsc.edu.