Learn About Culturally Aware Mentorship at November 29 Forum

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Members of the U-M community who are involved in or interested in mentoring are invited to a November 29 forum featuring two presenters who will discuss Culturally Aware Mentorship. Kelly A. Diggs-Andrews, PhD, CEO and founder of Diggs-Andrews Consulting LLC; Master Facilitator, Mentor Training Core, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN); and Certified Trainer, Facilitator and Mentor Training, Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) will be co-facilitating the NRMN training, Culturally Aware Mentorship (CAM) with Melissa McDaniels, PhD, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State University, and co-director of the Master Facilitator Initiative for NRMN.

Culturally Aware Mentorship is an innovative initiative launched through NRMN to enhance mentors’ and trainees’ ability to effectively address cultural diversity matters in their research mentoring relationships. The CAM initiative and approach are supported by evidence which indicates that broader participation of culturally diverse groups enhances the quality of research and practice in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. 

Following Dr. Diggs-Andrews’ talk, seven faculty members who contribute enormously to the research environment at U-M will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.  

The awards will be presented by George Mashour, MD, PhD. Dr. Mashour is Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research, Medical School; Executive Director of MICHR; and Executive Director for Translational Research, Office of Research. 

This event takes place on November 29 in the Palmer Forum, Palmer Commons. Check-in and a light breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., with Dr. Diggs-Andrews’ presentation starting at 9 a.m. and the awards ceremony immediately following. 

Additionally, on November 30, Dr. Diggs-Andrews will be facilitating the NRMN training, Culturally Aware Mentorship (CAM). This training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Seminar Rooms A, B, and C, in BSRB. CAM is a 6-hour intensive training designed for mentors who have already completed some form of mentor training. In this module, participants look inward and examine their own racial and ethnic identity, and use insights from these reflections to identify their personal assumptions, biases, and privileges that may operate in their research mentoring relationships. Through a combination of activities including group discussion, case studies, and role play, mentors learn and practice culturally aware mentoring skills in order to increase their capacity to respond better to cultural diversity matters in their research mentoring relationships.   

CAM training sessions have been facilitated with mentors across career stages (faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students) and in a variety of training settings including academic science departments and medical schools as well as training programs sponsored by federal and private foundations. Curricula for trainees are currently under development. 

Register here for these free events. 

Recipients of the 2018 MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award:

Brian T. Denton, Chair and Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering; Professor of Urology, Medical School; and Member of the Cancer Center, Medical School

 Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH, George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, Medical School; Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health; Director, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy; and Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery 

Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, Professor of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, School of Dentistry 

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School; Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health; Research Scientist, Ann Arbor VA's Center for Clinical Management Research; Co-Director, the University of Michigan's National Clinician Scholars Program (formerly Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program); Associate Director, Global REACH program, Medical School; and Director, the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research’s Peer Support Core 

Celina G. Kleer, M.D., Harold Oberman Collegiate Professor of Pathology, Medical School 

Malcolm J. Low, MD, PhD, David F. Bohr Collegiate Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Medical School 

Nicholas W. Lukacs, PhD, Godfrey D. Stobbe Professor of Pathology, Medical School