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Tips for Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices in the Research Environment (Faculty) ★

Monday, Apr 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tips for Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices in the Research Environment featuring Diana Azurdia
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Tips for Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices in the Research Environment (Faculty)

Featuring Diana Azurdia

Monday, April 19| 1:00-3:00PM PT via Zoom


PLEASE NOTE: This Webinar is for Faculty and Staff Only

UCI Graduate Division is happy to present Tips for Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices in the Research Environment  featuring Dr. Diana Azurdia, Director of the UCLA Entering Mentoring Training Program. In this webinar geared towards faculty, Dr. Azurdia will give tips and advice on how to culminate healthy and productive mentoring relationships with graduate students and postdocs. The presentation will take place Monday, April 19 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT via Zoom. The first hour and a half will be a formal presentation mixed in with group activities followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. Please register by clicking above. On Tuesday (April 20), Dr. Azurdia is leading a graduate and postdoc talk, outlining some things trainees can do on their end to improve their relationships with their faculty advisors.

About Dr. Diana Azurdia
Dr. Diana Azurdia is Guatemalan-American and the first in her family to attend college. She received her B.S. from CSULA and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA. She currently serves as the Director for the Graduate Programs in Biosciences at UCLA where she leads a strategic plan to enhance diversity in the biomedical graduate student population. A major area of focus includes cultivating a strong inclusive graduate training culture through program development in the areas of personal well-being, professional development, mentorship and leadership. Dr. Azurdia’s research examines the doctoral training years to identify disparities in academic outcomes, with the goal of developing effective programmatic interventions. Additionally, she uses her platform as a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Master Facilitator to promote inclusive mentoring practices at UCLA where she is the principal investigator of the Entering Mentoring Training Program.  Dr. Azurdia believes that initiatives that promote access to STEM degrees are important for equal representation of all identities in science, the creation of innovations that serve all communities and income equity. Additionally, she attributes her ability to navigate her academic career to key mentors and therefore a major focus of her work centers on the propagation of effective mentoring of underrepresented individuals in STEM.