Mentoring Initiative Welcomes Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard: Practical Strategies to Improve Daily Mentoring

Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard

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Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard

The CNDLS-NHS Mentoring Initiative is pleased to welcome Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard on Friday, November 30th from 10:30 am – 12 noon (light refreshments beginning at 10:00am) in the HSFC Herman Room as part of a continued effort to create opportunities for Georgetown’s faculty and staff to bolster the tools and skills necessary for successful and meaningful mentoring.  

Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College, and her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Google. In 2005, she was recognized by the White House with the Presidential early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation’s highest honor for early career scientists and engineers. She has published dozens of articles, as well as a book “Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators” (Stylus).

Practical Strategies to Improve Daily Mentoring

In this interactive session, participants will learn more about research-based, practical strategies to improve our daily mentoring. Given very real time pressures for today’s educators, it is important to identify ways to bring greater intentionality to our interactions with students, whether in office hours, research environments, classrooms, and co-curricular spaces. Packard’s research has focused on first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students in science and engineering fields, with the goal of understanding mentoring nuances and leveraging the power of mentoring when the approachability of mentors may be inhibited. The strategies in this session have wide applicability, serving to foster an inclusive, inviting environment for students across a wide variety of backgrounds and fields of study, and for those striving to mentor from all locations of the campus. Participants will also engage with realistic scenarios, and have the opportunity to share their collective knowledge with colleagues.

A translator of research into practice, and as a multi-racial, first-generation college graduate herself, Becky Wai-Ling Packard has visited more than 50 campuses to lead sessions with faculty, staff, and students. As a campus leader, she has served as an associate dean of faculty, founding director of teaching and learning, and director of leadership at Mount Holyoke. In Spring 2018, Packard served as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to contribute to campus climate initiatives, and during the 2018-2019 school year, she is a faculty fellow at the University of Michigan sponsored by the National Center for Institutional Diversity in collaboration with the Colleges of Engineering and LSA.

We hope you join us for what promises to be an incredible learning opportunity for both faculty and staff alike.  Register for “Practical Strategies to Improve Daily Mentoring” today!