Syracuse University Libraries’ Mentoring Team will present the panel discussion, Creating Your Own Peer Mentoring Group, on Monday, February 29th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) in Bird Library. Participants include Michelle Blum, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Katie Cadwell, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering; Heather Coleman, Assistant Professor of Biology; Sarah Hall, Assistant Professor of Biology; Tara Kahan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Shikha Nangia, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering; and Anne Rauh, Associate Librarian.
The program will focus on an effort by a group of STEM faculty and staff who created a peer mentoring group at SU. The group was inspired by Ellen Daniell’s book, Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists, which describes a long-term peer mentoring group based on the idea that “by pooling our shared experiences and collective wisdom we at the university could empower ourselves to succeed professionally within the existing academic structure while at the same time providing critical emotional support to one another.” Members of the group have found it so beneficial to their professional and personal success that they have begun sharing their experiences in hopes of encouraging others to start their own groups. Developed by psychologists, the design and format of the peer mentoring group discussed in this session is applicable across disciplines.