There is ample evidence that mentoring plays an important role in achieving a satisfying and successful career in academia. While most in academia find themselves in the role of mentor at some point in their career, few have had formal training in best practices for mentoring, particularly in the context of mentoring women and underrepresented minorities. The AAPA is committed to improving association-wide access to, and training for, mentors. To that end, the AAPA Committee on Diversity Women's Initiative in conjunction with the Executive Committee – Professional Development, are cosponsoring a workshop with the goal of providing training in mentoring best practices. This workshop is open to any AAPA member in good standing at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (or commensurate experience), and will take place on Wednesday, March 27, from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, in the main conference venue. Themes to be covered in the workshop will include: aligning expectations, maintaining effective communication, cultivating ethical behavior, and addressing equity and inclusion.

This workshop will be facilitated by Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD, CEO and Founder of Diggs-Andrews Consulting LLC. Dr. Diggs-Andrews is a Certified Trainer, Facilitator and Mentor Trainer from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER; She is also a Master Facilitator of in-person and virtual workshops for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). Dr. Diggs-Andrews earned her BS in Biology from Alabama State University (2005) and her PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis (2010). She was also the recipient of the NIH-Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, Chancellor’s Diversity Graduate Fellowship, and a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Supplement. In her previous role, she served as the Education and Mentoring Fellow with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and spearheaded an NSF-funded program to develop ASM’s mentoring capacity to advance investigator-educator collaborations and interdisciplinary research as well as broaden participation of underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

There is no cost for participants, and some limited funding for Tuesday night lodging cost is available. In order to register, please fill out an application by February 22, 2019:

Please contact the workshop organizers with questions:

Robin M. Bernstein – [email protected] Andrea B. Taylor – [email protected] Nathaniel J. Dominy – [email protected]


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