BRAINS Symposium

Broadening Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience
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The BRAINS logo, based on the two halves of a brain, one half is orange and the other half is blue with arrows point in all directions to represent diversity BRAINS acronym

Mentoring Circles

Description of the Mentoring Circles component of the BRAINS program
Some of the people in my mentoring circle have become some of the most important and influential people in my career as a scientist. 2013 BRAINS participant

Following the BRAINS symposium, participants will foster and extend their BRAINS experiences through facilitated Mentoring Circles. Each group will be comprised of eight to nine participants and one facilitator from the BRAINS team. The circles strive to provide both structure and flexibility to best facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring. In addition, the circles provide frequent and safe forums in which to discuss concerns and receive constructive feedback, as well as set realistic personal goals. Facilitated discussions may include topics such as time management, navigating institutional culture, stress and conflict, writing and productivity, and self care. To facilitate the most meaningful and useful dialogues and ensure trust among group members, all participants and facilitators will sign a non-disclosure form.

BRAINS participants and panelists on a tour at IslandWood

The General Goals of the Mentoring Circles

  • Extension of BRAINS community and peer mentoring experience.
  • Focused individual time for work on career issues and challenges with wisdom of a group.
  • Take time for self, to give feedback and to incorporate BRAINS skills, strategies and practices into everyday life.
  • Gain perspective and problem-solve.

Participants may access the BRAINS Mentoring Circle confidentiality form here.


Last updated February 11, 2015

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