The University of Maryland, College Park is coordinating its AGEP project through the Graduate School which works with campus partners (Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs) to impact the campus culture on three fronts: graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.
For doctoral graduate students, we provide third spaces for students of color, and other underserved and underrepresented populations to build community and resilience. We also offer mentoring up workshops so that graduate students can improve their mentoring skills of undergraduate students as well as developing the skills to manage their relationship with their advisors and mentors. In the near future, we will deliver training to graduate students on dealing with the imposter syndrome, having difficulty dialogues, and removing implicit bias and color evasiveness in the lab.
For postdocs we provide mentoring up workshops to improve their mentoring skills of undergraduate and graduate students as well as develop the skills to manage their relationship with their advisors and mentors.
For faculty we plan to offer mentor training workshops to provide skills and knowledge to improve mentor-mentee relationships through effective communication, ethical behavior, and equity and diversity in the classroom and research. Additionally, to create a diverse graduate community, we have initiated a holistic review program. We have conducted workshops for faculty on both the merits of holistic review, and the tools to implement such a process in their respective programs.