A Research Study with the NRMN
Project TitleImpact of Culturally Aware Mentoring Interventions on Research Mentors and Graduate Training Programs NIH Grant #U01 GM132372
Research Program Manager, UW-Madison
Our FocusIsolated. Presumed Incompetent. Invisible, yet under the microscope. These are the experiences of far too many racial and ethnic minority faculty and students at predominantly White research-intensive (R1) universities. Add to this the too-frequent burden of being the “only” person of color in a department. Although many institutions strive to create a culture for diversity and inclusive excellence, most fall short and create conditions where everyday interactions exclude, diminish, and isolate faculty and students, especially by race and ethnicity. Given race and gender inequities and the history of discrimination, it is not surprising that the United States (US) continues to fall woefully short in diversifying the nation’s faculty and workforce in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences (STEMM).
- How do CAM training interventions affect research mentors’ perceptions of mentoring effectiveness, cultural awareness, and intended behaviors?
- What conditions or events motivate departmental involvement in training and subsequent adoption of CAM practices and principles across the department?
- What changes are evident in participants’ perceptions of their departments (e.g., climate)?
Our TheoryAs our project addresses both individual and institutional change, we use theories of planned behavior and organizational change to determine why and how new knowledge can spark innovative mentoring behaviors and transform graduate programs toward more inclusive and equitable training environments for diverse emerging scientists.
ImpactThis study will generate insights into the mechanisms of change plus the impact of CAM interventions on faculty and graduate training programs.
ResourcesFurther information about CAM and resources for Culturally Aware Mentoring can be found here. Contact CAM via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research reported on this website was supported by the National Institutes of Health under Award Number MSN219324. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the National Research Mentoring Network.