PRISM Scholars Newsletter

January 11, 2022

Voice of Inspiration

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"It's the 20th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, first observed in 2002. How will you contribute to mentorship on this anniversary?"


- Angela Byars-Winston, Tenured Professor, Department of Medicine, Center for Women's Health Research, Collaborative Center for Health Equity, CIMER Project, University of Wisconsin Madison.

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Upcoming Events

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PRISM Professional Development

Please plan to join us for this exciting opportunity for PRISM mentees and mentors from Century College, Minneapolis College, Normandale Community College, and Augsburg University to engage with a national leader regarding building inclusive STEM communities where all students and faculty can thrive.


The mentee session is for all PRISM scholars. There are two one-hour virtual sessions - just choose the one that works best for your schedule using the registration link below. Please don't miss this opportunity!


The mentor session is for all PRISM faculty mentors, and other interested STEM faculty are welcome to join the session.


We gratefully acknowledge the funding provided through NSF S-STEM Award #2030638.

PRISM Mentorship Workshops led by Becky Wai-Ling Packard

PRISM Scholar Virtual Workshops


Scholar Workshop Title:

Mentoring up: Strategies to enlist the support of your professors, advisors, and mentors in your academic journey


Scholar Workshop Date and Times:

Thursday, January 20, 2022

3:00PM - 4:00PM Central (Choose one time)

6:00PM - 7:00PM Central (Choose one time)


Scholar Workshop Description:

In this session, we will discuss common situations or dilemmas that we may face when interacting with professors, advisors, or mentors. Participants will discuss strategies to navigate these situations including ways to productively enlist others in conversation and shared problem-solving.


Scholar Participation:

We are very excited to have this opportunity to interact with a respected advocate for STEM students. All PRISM scholars should register for one of the two virtual workshops led by Becky Wai-Ling Packard. Complete the registration form to select a preferred time that works best for your schedule. Zoom links will be provided prior to the workshop.


PRISM Scholars: complete registration to select preferred time: Register Here


PRISM Faculty Mentor Virtual Workshop


Faculty Mentor Workshop Title:

Difficult conversations in mentoring


Faculty Mentor Workshop Description:

In this workshop, the facilitator will share some themes from student listening sessions followed by features of mentoring conversations that can be challenging to navigate. Participants will have an opportunity to work through multiple situations with peers and generate a range of strategies. Mentors will engage in brainstorming how they can draw upon their departmental and campus contexts to further support their mentoring culture.


Faculty Mentor Workshop Date and Time:

Thursday, January 27, 2022

3:00 - 5:00 PM Central


PRISM Faculty Mentors: watch for calendar invite


About Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and the author of the book Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators.


Packard is an expert on mentoring, persistence, and inclusive climate, where she focuses on the experiences of first-generation college students, students of color, low-income students, community college transfer students, and women in technical fields. A multi-racial, first-generation college graduate, she has particular expertise in STEM fields of work and transitions into higher education and work.


The winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor awarded by the federal government, Packard has earned and completed National Science Foundation research grants focused on technical and community college transfer pathways, a Google-funded initiative on inclusive peer mentoring in computer science, and a Microsoft-funded initiative focused on mentoring for tech resilience.


She works with individuals (e.g., faculty, staff, advisors, mentors, department chairs, and supervisors) to improve the power of mentoring, advising, and teaching, navigate difficult conversations, and improve departmental climate; she also works with organizations to strengthen the mentoring infrastructure and organizational climate. In 2016, Packard completed a Whiting Fellowship in Ireland focused on policy change; in 2018, she served as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow in Residence at UMass Amherst; during the 2018-2019 year, she served as a Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has visited over 70 campuses to work on these topics.


From https://commons.mtholyoke.edu/beckypackard/.

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