Culturally Aware Mentoring Resources

The CAM Study

Find more information here about a randomized controlled trial comparing variations of CAM.

What is CAM? We define culturally aware mentoring as mentoring practices in which mentors recognize their own culturally shaped beliefs, perceptions, and judgments and are cognizant of cultural differences and similarities between themselves and their mentees.

NRMN CAM is an innovative, evidence-based initiative to enhance mentors’ ability to effectively address cultural diversity matters in their research mentoring relationships. The CAM approach is supported by evidence that culturally responsive mentoring can be learned and is critical to the success of young scientists of diverse backgrounds. CAM consists of two main components:

  • iCAM: 1-hour foundational self-paced online module

  • Full day intensive workshop for small groups

iBiology 2-part video series led by CAM Developers

Additional Resources for Culturally Aware Mentoring
The NAS created an online guide to accompany the 2019 report, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM. It includes content on culturally responsive mentoring and several mentorship tools. In particular, you might want to review Chapter 3: Mentoring Underrepresented Students in STEMM, or the review the section Mentorship, Identity, and STEMM in the online guide.

The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) website has curated numerous resources relevant to effective mentorship:

The UW Division of Diversity Equity and Education Achievement (DDEEA) has curated resources to Support White Allies, which includes articles, video, podcasts and more.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has a Talking About Race resource useful for educators and learners.

For additional information on CAM contact Ellyssa Eiring.