December 19, 2017

Purpose: 

Our project intended to increase diversity among PacWest LEND trainees and faculty from diverse racial and ethnic groups by leveraging a train-the-trainer model to increase mentorship capacity of racially and ethnically diverse faculty who then supported the leadership and success of racially and ethnically diverse trainees.

Objectives Accomplished: 

  • Ensured that LEND trainees and faculty represent racially and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Ensured that LEND faculty have the knowledge and skills to provide effective mentorship for racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees
  • Increased the ability of racially and ethnically diverse LEND trainees to assume leadership roles
Results
The PacWest Faculty who participated in the project reported the following key concepts as a result of the FAST project:
  • The definition and practice of mentorship was expanded through this experience.
  • Minority trainees need guidance in navigating the organizational, structural, procedural, and political aspects of working in higher education.
  • Minority trainees can succeed with guidance and organizational supports, even when the have limited English proficiency.
  • Faculty experienced similar situations and identified common issues within their work environment. They discussed diverse related topics such as biases, discrimination, and lack of empathy and developed strategies collaboratively.
  • The LEND faculty voiced a commitment to address increasing diversity in their programs and increasing cultural competency knowledge and skills.
For a detailed write up of the project and outcomes see this article from the October 2018 issue of AUCD 360: "Maximizing Leadership Potential in Racial and Ethnic Minority LEND Trainees"

Primary Contact: 

Sandra Heimerl | [email protected]

 

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