UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

ARE Graduate Students and Faculty Benefit from Inclusive Education and Mentoring Training Workshop

Oct. 17, 2022

Seven ARE Ph.D students and three ARE faculty participated in the first-ever Graduate Inclusive Education and Mentoring Training (GET) workshop that took place in early September. The GET workshop, a facet of the Diversity and Inclusion in Research, Education, and Career Training Program (DIRECT), is a one-week, modular training program that invites participants to critically reflect on the complex roles of race and structural inequality in research, teaching, and mentorship within the field of economics and to discuss teaching and mentoring practices.

It was designed by Kristin Kiesel and Steve Boucher, co-directors of DIRECT in collaboration with Sarah McCullough, Associate Director of the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute, and Kem Saichaie, Director of Learning and Teaching at the Center for Educational Effectiveness—both of whom served as facilitators during the workshop.

Participants reported that the workshop was a mind-changing experience that helped them learn how to be more equity-minded as professors, teaching assistants, researchers, and mentors. Further, engagement by both students and ARE faculty provided a unique opportunity for workshop participants to connect on a deeper level, with one student expressing that they were “fascinated with everyone’s willingness to share, learn, and improve.”

The next GET workshop will take place in early September 2023 (dates to be announced). Participation requires in-person attendance of two-hour morning and afternoon sessions and completion of additional assignments throughout the week. Completion of this workshop serves as a pre-requisite for various paid teaching and mentoring opportunities as well as complementary summer GSR funding. All ARE graduate students are eligible to participate, however space is limited. For more information about the GET workshop and graduate student opportunities to get involved with the DIRECT program, please visit DIRECT (for PhD students).


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