Peer-Mentoring Groups seek to decrease the sense of isolation frequently experienced by women STEM faculty and women faculty of color by fostering a confidential network of colleagues and cohorts. Meetings are peer-led informal, covering a range of personal and professional development issues selected by group members. ADVANCE provides readings, resources, and/or convenes round tables with representatives from University offices that may be able to address group questions or concerns. Group members share skills and resources related to a range of issues including but not limited to professional development, work/life balance, and career advancement at Brown.
ADVANCE assists groups by providing readings and resources to fa ciliate group discussions. We also provide logistical support by locating meeting space and providing light refreshments. We can extend invitations guest speakers (e.g. a recent TPAC member, an HR representative responsible for dependent care policies, or campus liaisons to federal and private foundation funding agencies).
Our Faculty Development Workshop Series grew out of resources provided to peer-mentoring groups on topics including:
- Negotiating with Your Department Chair
- Just Say No
- Lab Management
This program is part of the ADVANCE Faculty Development Programs, which currently support two approaches to mentoring: One-to-One Faculty Mentoring and Peer Mentoring Groups.