Advocates for Equity: Creating and Managing Your Mentorship Team

9:30 PM - 10:30 PM UTC | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT

In this workshop, we will have Etta Marie Ward from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, will discuss the importance of creating and managing mentorship teams both from the perspective of the mentee and the mentor. We will talk about the value of near peer mentors, career development mentors, working with mentors who have similar life experiences, as well as scientific and clinical mentors. We also will discuss how to mentor and be mentored across identities.



Etta Ward has led research and faculty development operations in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for over 19 years. As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development, her primary role is to advance the IUPUI research mission through faculty research and professional development. In addition, she promotes effective mentoring as a strategy for personal and professional success, which has been central to many efforts and grown well beyond the boundaries of academia. As a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) certified facilitator for mentor training, Ward has built an impressive body of work around effective mentorship—especially, targeting underrepresented and minoritized populations. She promotes competency-based and culturally-aware mentoring strategies that bolster inclusive mentoring cultures. Ward views this work as her professional calling, with potential to impact mentoring generations into the future. She values opportunities to pay-it-forward by sharing her insights and passion with diverse audiences from all career stages, disciplines, and professions.