The Graduate Mentoring Initiative (GMI) offers a holistic mentoring program aimed at fostering a culture of faculty-graduate student mentoring across all academic disciplines.
The GMI curriculum showcases lived experiences and resources at UC Davis, as well as our own recognized and renowned mentors as campus leaders who promote the value and impact of positive mentoring experiences. UC Davis faculty, appointed Mentor Fellows, facilitate the mentor program for the campus with Graduate Studies Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives. Faculty discuss best practices, helpful tools, and ways to grow and develop as mentors.
The program was developed in consultation with an advisory board of faculty, graduate students, and staff and piloted to a group of faculty across disciplines during Spring Quarter 2021. The content uses the “Entering Mentoring” curriculum from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research as a base for the sessions.
The program consists of six interactive sessions that faculty will participate in as a series with their cohort. The topics include:
- Aligning Expectations
- Maintaining Effective Communication
- Addressing Identity and Belonging
- Supporting Mentor and Mentee Well-Being
- Promoting Research Self-Efficacy
- Articulating a Mentoring Philosophy
Each GMI session includes at least two UC Davis faculty facilitators (Mentor Fellows) who will lead discussions.
- Chris Cappa, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Ambarish Kulkarni, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
- Margaret Ronda, Associate Professor, English
- Teresa Steele, Professor, Anthropology
- Archana Venkatesan, Professor, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies
- Andrew Whitehead, Professor, Environmental Toxicology
Program Details and Application
Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15
Location: Walker Hall
Deadline to apply: October 4, 2023
The cohort will be limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into the program. There will be a waitlist enabled and used as needed.
Applicants must be a member of a UC Davis graduate group or program and should be a member of the Academic Senate or have the following Academic Federation titles: Adjunct Professors, CE Specialists (with Educator without Salary appointment), and Professional Research series (with Educator without Salary appointment).
Elizabeth Sturdy, Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives