Cross-racial/gender/cultural Seminar Series

We do hope to see you at our next meeting!

Online Mentoring Platforms and more…


Upcoming: When and where:
Getting the most out of your mentoring network” facilitated by Mihai Fulger Monday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 pm in Mont 313
«Good steps to beginning and developing effective cross-racial/gender/cultural mentorships» facilitated by Anastasiia Minenkova Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1 pm in Mont 214
«Understand the mentorship process: key considerations when mentoring»  facilitated by Veronique Bazier-Matte Monday, Oct. 18 at 4 pm in Mont 214
« Introductory talk »  facilitated by Mihai Fulger Friday, Sept. 24 at 2 pm in Mont 214

This webpage will have more resources on the topic soon and will get updated as we progress in our discussions.

So what is that we want to talk about?

Underrepresented minorities in math face unique challenges as they enter grad school and advance in their career. What can we do as individuals to counteract any of these obstacles?

Mentoring programs are one of the major intervention strategies commonly adopted by programmatic efforts striving to increase diversity in STEM. It is important for students to be heard, included, and not alone.

Therefore, together with Veronique Bazier-Matte and Mihai Fulger, this year we are organizing a series of talks open to graduate students, post docs and faculty in our department to start a discussion on the status of existing mentoring programs and about the good practices in establishing novel mentoring programs, to share the experience of people who have been in the mentee-mentor relationship, and to discuss the role of the racial/gender/cultural identity of the mentees.

The plan is to meet monthly, starting on Friday 09/24/2021 at 2 pm in Mont 214.

The meetings will be in the format of moderated discussions. The moderator will summarize the topics inspired by published research on the subject, then the floor will be open for discussion.

From the graduate student perspective, our goal is to provide effective strategies for seeking mentoring relationships, realizing your academic needs, and to analyze existing networks in order to empower students and to create a more inclusive environment for all of us. Plus it could help you to write your diversity statement later when you need it.

From the faculty perspective, the purpose is to raise awareness on the topic, and to develop better practices for cross racial/gender/cultural mentorships that will help you to help the students better. Also, this seminar and other events such as this one should help anyone’s broader impact section in any grant application.