Past Event

NCFDD Webinar: Student Centered Mentoring

March 19, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online Event

This workshop is dedicated to enhancing academic mentoring by emphasizing the unique needs and expectations of students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. It aims to bridge the gap between faculty mentors and their students, helping faculty understand what students of diverse backgrounds want them to know about effective mentoring.

In this workshop, we'll explore the perspectives of students shedding light on their needs and preferences when it comes to mentorship. We’ll also discuss the challenges and constraints faculty members often face that hinder their ability to provide effective mentoring to these students. Faculty members will leave with practical strategies to foster inclusive, equitable, and effective mentoring relationships, ensuring that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, can thrive academically.


NOTE: an NCFDD membership is required to participate in this event. To register:

  1. ACTIVATE your Columbia-sponsored membership

  2. REGISTER on the NCFDD website


Columbia University is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized independent organization dedicated to supporting faculty, particularly under-represented faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in making successful transitions throughout their careers.



About the Presenters:

Alejandra Durán Trinidad is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University and serves as Assistant Director of the presentational speaking course. Her research interests focus on mentoring relationships between graduate students, specifically marginalized graduate students, and faculty members. 

Melanie Morgan is an Associate Dean in the Graduate School and Professor of Communication in the Brian Lamb School at Purdue University. Dr. Morgan led the Strategic Mentoring Improvement Initiative at the Graduate School from 2020-2022. Her portfolio includes, Fellowship Administration, Professional Development, Admissions, Graduate Records, and the Graduate Program Office. 


Contact Information

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement