The Biennial Mentoring Program

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2011 marks the fifth Biennial Conference that features the Mentoring Program.  It has always been very popular, but this year we are offering opportunities for even more personal contact with the 21 Mentors (who range from graduate students to senior Community Psychologists, both practitioners and academics).  The Biennial Mentoring Program is targeted to serve students, early career professionals and those new to the field of Community Psychology.  It runs throughout the conference and consists of:

·         Orientation Breakfast:  Friday, 8-9 am at Roosevelt University.  Learn how to take full advantage of the biennial conference and of the Mentoring Program, with former (and current) Mentees sharing their best tips.

·         Lunchtime small group discussions, Friday (12:30 - 1:30 pm) and Saturday (1 - 2 pm), each hosted by a Mentor on a different topic of interest to your career.  Approximately half the groups will meet Friday, half Saturday, so you could attend two different groups.  Prior sign up is required so as to keep the groups small (N = 8) and interactive.

·         Individual Mentoring (unscheduled time)  The 21 Mentors are happy to talk with you whenever you spot them wearing their Mentor ribbon.  Honest.

·         Speed Mentoring (new, unscheduled time)  The 21 Mentors will, when they have time, make themselves available in the Congress Lounge, Roosevelt, in the Mentoring Area to chat with you.

·         Find the Mentor Contest (new, unscheduled time)  A scavenger hunt for Mentors' signatures.  After each conversation with a Mentor, you will ask for his/her autograph to be inscribed in your roster of mentors (containing brief biographies and photos of the 21 Mentors).  A unique prize will be awarded to the 3 Mentees who amass the most autographs at the biennial - a personal telephone chat, following the biennial, with one of the most prominent Community Psychologists, from a list of those who have volunteered to participate.  (So far, Ana Mari Cauce, Jim Kelly, Julian Rappaport, Stephanie Riger and Andrea Solarz.)  This telephone chat will be on the topic of your choosing.

The 21 onsite Mentors:  Fabricio Balcazar, Michelle Bloodworth, Todd Bottom, David Chavis, Victoria Chien, Jim Emshoff, Paul Flaspohler, Joe Galano, Rich Jenkins, Gloria Levin, David Lounsbury, Pamela Martin, Robin Miller, Anne Mulvey, Emily Ozer, Michele Schlehofer, Beth Shinn, Darius Tandon, Nellie Tran, Susan Wolfe, Tom Wolff.

I'll be back soon with more details, but this will get the suspense building meanwhile.

Gloria Levin, Coordinator

2011 Biennial Mentoring Program


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OfflineSCRA Web Admin SCRA Web Admin said 2 years ago

The always popular Biennial Mentoring Program, in its fifth appearance, will extend throughout the biennial conference, from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning.  A Mentee may be a student (high school through postdoc, in community psychology or related fields); an early career professional; or a mid-career professional new to the field of community psychology.  Designated Mentors (21 of them) range from current community psychology graduate students through senior professionals -- collectively covering a wide diversity of backgrounds, interests and skills -- and all are enthusiastic about mentoring.  A Mentoring Packet (instructions, an annotated roster of the Mentors, and the schedule and topics for small groups) is available, upon request, at the Conference Registration Desk (Congress Lounge, Roosevelt).  The program consists of:

Orientation Breakfast - (Friday 8-9 am, Roosevelt 320).  Here, you will be oriented to (empowered by) the Mentoring Program.  Tips will be shared on how to take full advantage of the biennial conference and of the mentoring opportunities.  You'll learn how, with a little effort and resourcefulness, to be proactive and have a successful conference, so you won't return home, kicking yourself for not having taken full advantage of the great opportunities available.

Lunchtime Small Groups - (Friday and/or Saturday lunchtime).  Each of the 21 Mentors will host one small group (with a maximum of 8 Mentees per group) on a scheduled topic, involving a free-wheeling discussion.  Topics will include a range of career and/or substantive issues (see the list and schedule below).  Because of the popularity of these groups and to keep them small, you must pre-reserve your space in a group.  Sign-up sheets will be posted on Mentoring bulletin boards in Congress Lounge, Roosevelt, indicating the discussion topic, the Mentor/ host, and when/where each group will meet.  First come/first served. If you are a "power mentee," (see below), you'll have the opportunity to reserve space in one group prior to onsite signup.

At every biennial, a certain number of persons who sign up for these groups do not show up.  It is essential that you cross off your name, as soon as possible, if you changed your mind, allowing someone else to take your place.

While the orientation breakfast and lunchtime small groups are very popular, the rest of the program (for individual mentoring) is even more important.  The following activities require a more proactive response from you, but the benefits are far greater.

Individual Mentoring - The Mentors will wear a raspberry colored "Mentor" ribbon to signal their availability to talk with you, one-on-one, right then and there, or you can arrange a more convenient time to meet.  (Mentors have been instructed to pocket the ribbon when they are not available to mentor.  They are "off duty" when not wearing their raspberry ribbon, so please respect that "signal."

To more easily find Mentors, we are instituting informal Speed Mentoring.  Mentors will, when they have free time, sit in Congress Lounge, Roosevelt, available for very brief chats.  Finally, we are conducting a "Find the Mentor" contest, in which each Mentor from whom you receive individualmentoring will, on your request, sign an autograph page.  The 3 mentees who obtain autographs from the most Mentors will win a prize - the opportunity to have a telephone conversation, on the topic of the winners' choosing, with a prominent Community Psychologist, after the biennial. Further instructions are contained in the Mentoring Packet, received at registration.

POWER MENTEES:  Past history has shown that a core group of approximately 35 mentees become "power users" of the Biennial Mentoring Program.  It would be very useful for me to pre-identify these mentees so I can target them for special attention.  So if you are highly motivated to receive individualmentoring, beyond simply attending group sessions, please complete an online survey.  As an incentive, Mentees who fully complete a survey by June 12, will be guaranteed a pre-reserved space in one small group discussion of their choice.  Sorry, that's the cutoff date, no exceptions.  (Otherwise, sign up is "first come, first served" onsite at the conference.)  I'll contact the self designated "power mentees" to confirm.

The following link will take you to the Survey for "power mentees":

For further information about the SCRA Biennial Mentoring Program, contact .  I'm looking forward to meeting and empowering you at the biennial conference.

Gloria Levin

Biennial Mentoring Coordinator


Small Group Discussions (all in Roosevelt)


Friday, June 17 (12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Fabricio Balcazar  Finding the right mentors to advance your career

Michelle Bloodworth  Combining your career and family

David Chavis  Careers in community change

Joe Galano  Forging partnerships between universities and communities

Rich Jenkins  Learning about federal grants, jobs, resources

Robin Miller  Getting your work published

Anne Mulvey  Feminist teaching, activism and the arts

Emily Ozer  Partnering with community schools

Beth Shinn  Influencing public policy with your research findings

Darius Tandon  Obtaining external research funding

Nellie Tran  Thriving in academia as a person of color


Saturday, June 18 (12  1 pm)

Todd Bottom  A chat with undergrads and incoming grad students

Victoria Chien  A chat with undergrads and incoming grad students

Jim Emshoff  Setting up a consulting business

Paul Flaspohler  Combining clinical and community in your career

Gloria Levin  International development opportunities

David Lounsbury  Doing community psychology in medical settings

Pamela Martin  Acquiring community psychology skills

Michele Schlehofer  Applying for academic jobs, post PhD

Susan Wolfe   Exploring practice career options

Tom Wolff   Being an activist community psychology practitioner


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