The majority of us in NSD can directly testify to the important role of mentoring in our professional development and careers. It is a key way to support employees, especially new hires or people transitioning into new roles. The advice and support that mentoring provides can be key to navigating the workplace effectively and minimizing the stresses which can come with this. Whether through a formal mentoring program, such as the Physical Sciences Mentoring Program at LBNL, or via more informal avenues, mentorship provides benefits to all involved, mentors and mentees alike.
Mentorship is not always easy, and we can always be improving our skills as mentors. The February 22, 2022 IDEA presentation put forward some suggestions and resources to help in doing exactly this. Following the DOE workshop on “Mentorship at the Laboratories Across All Levels and Career Types”, we have compiled a number of resources that you may consider exploring if you are interested in continuing to develop your skills as a mentor.
- The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM (Online Guide V1.0)
- Mentoring Guides for Research Advisors by National Academies of Science
- Culturally Aware Mentoring Resources from the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research
Reflections on TDoV
The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is recognized each March 31, as a response to the lack of recognition of transgender people and to raise awareness of the burden of discrimination faced by this community. On March 29th, 2022, the Lambda Alliance and the Nuclear Science Division IDEA Council co-sponsored a TDoV event, with a presentation from Prof. Gwen Grinyer of the Department of Physics at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada). Gwen discussed her physics career, as well as her work and research on the topic of representation of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in STEM fields. Punctuated with heartfelt personal anecdotes, this well-attended seminar was truly a moment of visibility, and we are very proud to have had Gwen join us. For those who were unable to attend her seminar, Gwen’s slides are available here.
Recent DEI topics @ NSD Staff Meetings
March 8, 2022 – Women’s History Month 2022
February 22, 2022 – Mentoring
February 8, 2022 – Active Listening
January 25, 2022 – The NSD Luminary Card Program
January 11, 2022 – IDEA Council Updates for 2022
December 14, 2021 – Winter Break 2021
You may recognize your co-workers with a Luminary Card for any action fostering inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability within our LBNL community. The following people received a Luminary Card this quarter:
Barbara Jacak and Ren Cooper