Strategies for Inclusive Mentorship in Computing

March 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm




Mentorship is a dynamic, career-long phenomenon spanning many different relationships that support our personal and professional development. A wealth of scholarship on mentorship practices has emerged across many disciplines studying how mentorship happens in the workplace, its benefits, and what institutions can do to foster those relationships.  While mentorship can benefit everyone, studies have shown that positive mentorship experiences are especially significant for members of underrepresented groups; through a close working alliance with a mentor, women and minority mentees can acquire not just the skills they need to succeed but also an affirmation of belonging and professional identity that is so crucial to retention. In this way, inclusive mentoring is especially significant as a strategy for workforce development and retention in computing. Like good software engineering, good human workforce engineering can be built by developing processes that make it easier to widely implement. In this talk, Reed Milewicz, a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, will describe insights into the science of mentorship, his ongoing research into mentorship among computing professionals, and his experiences with inclusive mentorship training as offered by Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research.


Closed captions will be available for this talk.


This webinar is brought to you by the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) HPC Workforce Development and Retention Action Group, which organizes a webinar series on topics related to developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture in the computing sciences.

The talk will be recorded and posted to our archive, but the Q&A session will not be recorded.