GS Town Hall: Mentoring in Geochemistry

GS Town Hall: Mentoring in Geochemistry
A tool for creating more inclusive and equitable environments

Thursday, December 3, 4:00 - 5:30pm EST


Mentoring is a key tool for the development of scientists' careers. It helps students select academic courses, develop peer networks, and understand how to navigate the professional world. Mentoring can therefore be a powerful way of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences when scientists from underrepresented groups gain access to effective mentors.

In this second GS town hall on DEI, panelists will discuss key aspects of mentoring opportunities, including:

  • Define what a mentor does in the geochemistry world (informal academic advising, sharing one's journey and experiences as a geochemist, discussion of career options, etc.).
  • The particular issues faced by mentees from underrepresented groups, such as lack of financial resources.
  • Establishing trust between mentors and mentees who may not have worked together before.
  • Ways for department chairs and other leaders to foster more mentorship-friendly work environments.

The town hall is meant to be a dialogue in which participants can share their own perspectives. As such, we encourage you to submit questions or comments in advance to help shape the discussion.

This event will be recorded for those who cannot participate on December 3.

Facilitator: Mariama Boney, Achieve More, LLC
Panelists:
Rebecca Barnes, Colorado College
Ben Bostick, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Pieter Bots, University of Strathclyde
Fillsmith Luzolo Ndongani, University of Cape Town

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