NRMN hosts Research Mentor Training Workshop at Boston College

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On Friday March 4th, 2016 NRMN hosted a Research Mentor Training Workshop on the campus of Boston College for roughly thirty participants. Graduate through tenured faculty traveled to Boston College from their local home institutions, among them UMass Boston, UMass Amherst, Harvard Medical School, Brown University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts University, Northeastern University, University of Vermont, UMass Medical School, and the Broad Institute.

On Saturday March 5th, nineteen participants from the group reconvened for a second workshop, "Facilitator Training," to learn how to launch or improve their own mentorship training programming at their home institution (also referred to as NRMN's "Train-the-Trainer" programming).

The weekend's workshops marked the first mentorship training event offered through NRMN's Northeast regional hub. The five NRMN Hubs (also including West/Great Plains, Midwest, South, and Southeast) are designed as access points for delivering NRMN's mentorship, professional development, networking and training opportunities across key concentrated populations nationwide.

Dr. Christine Pfund, Director of NRMN's Mentor Training Core, and Emily Utzerath, Program Manager of NRMN's Mentor Training Core, co-facilitated the workshops.



The day-long Mentor Training Workshop began with an activity called "Coming Full Circle," during which the entire group stood up and exchanged personal stories to introduce themselves. Each participant was asked to take the theme from the prior participant's story as a starting point to share their own. Common themes included cleaning up broken lab equipment, lab flooding and other natural disasters, encounters with diversity and racial prejudice, and positive experiences with mentorship.